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CCDS is the Only Private School in Cincinnati to Receive Top AP Award

CCDS is the Only Private School in Cincinnati to Receive Top AP Award

Cincinnati Country Day School has been awarded “Platinum with Access” in the 2023 AP School Honor Roll, issued by the College Board. This award recognizes the consistently high scores achieved by our students on AP exams and the school’s clear and effective commitment to equitable access. 

In receiving this award, Country Day not only ranks top among private schools in the city but is the only co-educational private school in the state to receive the award – the other recipients being all-girls’ schools in Columbus and the Cleveland area.  

“This award is a testament to the exceptional quality of teaching and commitment to principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion that Country Day prioritizes as fundamental characteristics of the student experience,” says Jenn Weinheimer, head of Upper School. “We are proud that this commitment has been recognized at a national level.”

Among public schools in Ohio, only Walnut Hills and Wyoming High School received the Platinum with Access award. While several local schools, both public and private, received a Platinum award, they failed to earn the AP Access Award, which means  specifically that “the percentage of AP exam takers who are underrepresented minority and/or low-income students mirrors the school’s overall student demographics.” 

“This award is so exciting because it recognizes the things that are at the core of the Country Day experience: excellent classroom instruction from teachers who care about and encourage every student,” says Sarah Beyreis, director of college counseling. “It’s wonderful to have national recognition for who we are. One of the things I’ve always loved about Country Day is its genuine diversity; our students bring so many different life experiences to our classrooms. It makes life on campus very rich, and it prepares our students beautifully for the kind of diversity they will encounter in college and in life. I feel especially proud of this award because it represents who we are.” 

According to the College Board, the AP School Honor Roll offers schools recognition across four levels of distinction: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Schools on the AP School Honor Roll may also earn the AP Access Award, honoring schools that demonstrate a clear and effective commitment to equitable access to advanced coursework.

Click here for the full list of schools recognized by the College Board (Ohio begins on page 122).