Since 2000, any student who wants to take an honors or AP course at Sleepy Hollow High School will find the door wide open. Participation and performance rates have steadily increased over the past fifteen years, a testament to the school’s success in challenging students and preparing them for higher education.
The Sleepy Hollow philosophy is that students have the right to challenge themselves and the school’s adults have an obligation to encourage and support them in doing so. The school advises every student and his or her family of the benefits and realities of sitting for college-level work in high school. Armed with good information and teacher recommendations, students are empowered to make the best decision, knowing they have the support they need to succeed.
Over the last 15 years, Sleepy Hollow increased AP offerings, participation rates, and performance results on AP exams. In 2014, 238 students sat for 481 examinations; 29% were acknowledged by The College Board for exceptional achievement. In addition to Advanced Placement, Sleepy Hollow expanded other college-level coursework through the New York State university system, and private schools such as Syracuse University and Mercy College. Students have the opportunity to earn college credits at a significantly reduced cost, while getting the kind of exposure to challenging coursework that gives them a strong foundation that prepares students for higher education.