Clark School District Receives National Honor

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CLARK — The Clark School District has been recognized as one of only 388 school districts throughout the United States included on the national College Board’s Advanced Placement Achievement List.

Schools were honored on the achievement list for opening Advanced Placement classrooms to more students while at the same time maintaining or improving the percentage of those students earning a score of 3 or higher on their Advanced Placement Tests (the score typically needed to earn college credit). Clark is one of only 20 districts in New Jersey that made the list this year.


From 2008 to 2010, the Clark School District has increased the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses from 102 to 146, while at the same time improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 72% to 76% in 2010.

Richard Delmonaco, principal of the Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, said “This recognition by the College Board validates the hard work our students and teachers put in during the school year. Our students are challenged to strive for excellence and have met the challenge. The students are intrigued by the teaching and topics covered in our Advanced Placement classes. This year we expect to see an increase of an additional fifty individual student AP exams given, and we continue to look to the possibility of offering additional AP courses based on our students’ interests.”

Clark Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops commented, “I am delighted with this recognition, it’s a positive reflection on our students, staff, and administration. Principal Richard Delmonaco is a forward thinking educator who is always thinking outside the box and exploring new ways to provide enhanced learning opportunities for our high school students. Under his leadership, more students have been enrolled in AP Classes, and as the data from the College Board AP Achievement List indicates, our student scores on AP Tests are improving.”

In the photograph above, Nicole Marzano, Mark Wilson, Jackie Sacco, Stefani Avena, and Michael Schurtz review an assignment with AP Teacher Frank Wagenblast. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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