Garden City High School offers two dozen Advanced Placement (AP) courses to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Two courses, AP Studio Art-Drawing and AP Studio Art 2D Design, require portfolios submitted to the College Board for scoring on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being ranked the highest.
The work submitted for review represents an entire year of study expressing a focused concentration of the student’s choosing. Art works must meet the rigorous guidelines expected of a college-level course.
“I am very proud and overjoyed to report that among the high school AP Studio Art class of 2011, 10 out of 22 students received the top score of 5,” AP Art teacher Shawn Uttendorfer explained.
“This is a first for Garden City's art department. To receive such a large number of 5’s on the Drawing and 2D portfolios is a new distinction for the program. AP students have always received 5's, but steady growth has been shown in recent years. The AP 2-D and Drawing test consist of a series of 24 original works of art based on a theme. I am overwhelmed with happiness to see that the time and effort put forth by my students really paid off with truly wonderful scores. I am very proud of my entire class.”