Grand Island Public Schools recognized for efforts in AP courses

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools is being recognized for their significant gains in advanced placement test scores and participation.

GIPS is one of three districts in Nebraska receiving the honor for their efforts and have been placed on the AP District Honor Roll.

Along with the implementation of the new academies, students are becoming more prepared for college courses.

“We make learning accessible to all so that motivation component to motivating students with rigor to do better than they in academics the day before, the year prior, so we're pushing them all the time,” Grand Island Senior High Executive Principal Jeff Gilbertson said.

Teachers say the AP classes are a good way to test students academically and they say it better prepares them for college courses and other aspects of life.

“Any time you're challenged, you're going to stretch your mind and better yourself academically, intellectually, just having some grit and persevering through challenges. I think that's really the benefit of going down an AP track,” GISH Pre-calculus Teacher Greg Kush said.

To receive this distinction, the schools had to increase the number of students taking the test, maintain or increase the number of minorities taking the test, and increase scores.