Solon High School juniors Alan Jaffe and Eric Wang have achieved something remarkable: They both received perfect scores on an Advanced Placement exam.
To put that accomplishment into perspective: More than 2 million students took 3.7 million AP exams in 2012. Only 88 students got a perfect score.
And two of them are at Solon High.
“This academic accomplishment by Alan and Eric is simply astounding,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “We could not be more proud of these students and are in awe of their ability to so completely master the rigor of the curriculum and demonstrate that knowledge on the exams.
"For Solon High School to have two of the 88 students who received perfect AP scores this year is a direct reflection of the dedication to academic excellence our students and staff demonstrate every day at SHS," Short added.
Jaffe received a perfect score on the AP Computer Science A test and Wang receive his perfect score on the Macroeconomics exam.
AP classes are rigorous, college-level courses that conclude with a test, scored 1 to 5, with a 5 being an equivalent of an "A" in a college course for that subject.
Perfect scores on an AP test mean the students answered all multiple-choice questions correctly and received the maximum number of points on each of the essays in the free-response section of the test.
Jaffe and Wang both received a 5 on the exam, which 15.5 percent of all students who took the exams received. Jaffe was one of only 18 students in the world to earn every possible point on the AP Computer Science test and Eric one of only 17 students to do so on the AP Macroeconomics test.
AP tests are written and scored by college professors from around the world and are created to cover a full-year of intensive, college level knowledge and skills, which is why it is so rare for a high school student to achieve a perfect score, according to the College Board.
"These outstanding successes are likely a direct reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Solon High School," said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of the Advanced Placement Program. "We applaud both students for their hard work and their AP teachers for their ability to engage high school students and enable them to thrive while studying at a college level."
Short said that Jaffe and Wang's teachers also deserve credit. They are AP Computer Science teacher Daniel McKeen and Economics teacher Kurt Gielink.
At Solon High School in 2012, 649 students took 1,576 AP exams, with 90 percent earning scores of 3 of higher on the exams and potential college credit. Solon offers 20 different AP classes, including English Language, European History, English Literature, Economics, Calculus AB, U.S. Government, Calculus BC, U.S. History, Computer Science, French, Statistics, German, Biology, Spanish, Chemistry, Studio Art, Environmental Science, Music Theory, Physics B and Psychology.
"The entire high school community congratulates them on achieving this rare feat. We also are celebrating the hard work of our SHS teachers for the part they played in our students’ success.