This week in the BHS auditorium, cheerleaders performed cartwheels and human pyramids while the marching band pumped out tunes akin to a Friday night football game. BHS Principal, Chris Jennings, played the Coach, and recognized the 300 talented members of the AP Team who pledged to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes in biology, calculus, computer science, English language and composition, physics, statistics, U.S. Government and U.S. History and the tests at the end of the year. The Bloomfield Educational Foundation’s $250,000 pledge ($50,000 a year for 5 years) supports all students enrolled in the AP classes and pickups the cost of those tests. Additionally, the Kaplan SAT prep classes are available to all students, free-of-charge.
By way of example, this past spring, 138 students took the SAT prep classes and over 50% of them increased their scores by 150 points with 13% increasing their scores by 250 points. The provision of free Advanced Placement (AP) testing fees have helped to double enrollment in the AP classes since 2012, and the number of AP exams taken has increased 180%. Many students taking these exams are achieving scores of 3 and higher, enabling them to qualify for college credits in that subject.