It isn\u2019t just students that eagerly await their scores from the College Board. Turns out, school districts get graded by the organization, too. The Trumbull Public School System is one of 447 districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the list, Trumbull schools had to increase the number of students participating in Advanced Placement classes while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of three (out of five) or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. \u201cWe had always had students who did well in AP classes, but our numbers enrolled in those classes were low,\u201d said Superintendent Gary Cialfi. \u201cSo our challenge was to enhance enrollment while also increasing or maintaining our scores.\u201d According to Jonathan Budd, curriculum, instruction and assessments director, Trumbull has nearly doubled its number of students taking AP classes in the past few years. \u201cIn 2015, the total number of students taking AP courses was 502; now it\u2019s 972,\u201d he said. \u201cPart of that is due to adding eight more classes, but some of it also is the efforts we have made to enhance our enrollment.\u201d Budd said his hope was that all students at the school could find an appropriate AP course to challenge themselves. \u201cWith an AP course, the College Board approves the syllabus, the course material and how it\u2019s taught,\u201d Budd said. \u201cCollege admissions departments know that there is comparability in the classes, and your grades really mean something.\u201d Cialfi said AP classes, inherently more challenging than standard high school classwork, indicate to colleges that students are willing to challenge themselves and that they have the ability to handle college-level academics. \u201cTaking these courses is the equivalent of a first-year college class,\u201d he said. \u201cThat means a lot more than a GPA number.\u201d Trumbull High currently offers 27 different AP classes, in study areas ranging from art to world language. Math, science and social studies are also popular. Budd estimated there were fewer than five other schools in the state that offered that number of classes in such a wide area of studies. Trumbull also is increasing the rigors of some of the AP classes, adding a multivariable calculus class for students who were seeking to complete three years of college-level calculus while in high school. \u201cThat was unheard of 20 years ago,\u201d Budd said. Depending on the course, there can be prerequisites to participate in AP classes, but Cialfi said he encouraged all students to seek out a class in an area where they have an interest and a capacity to work hard. \u201cStart with one, and you\u2019ll probably find yourself taking two or three,\u201d he said.