Sunday, March 08, 2009

Superteacher

I have a long way to go before I can claim to be anywhere near in the same league as what's being reported about this guy:

Just look at his AP calculus exam scores from last year: All 81 of his students aced the college-level test, earning an average score of 4.79 out of 5. Sixty-nine of the students earned a perfect 5.

On Feb. 19, he was one of 50 teachers from around the country to win the 2009 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, which recognizes "exemplary teaching and enthusiastic dedication to students and the AP program." He received a $1,000 prize.

And in 2008, the College Board recognized Fairmont Prep as having one of the strongest AP calculus programs in California.

On a campus with about 560 students in seventh through 12th grades, 30% are enrolled in AP calculus classes. Since Calavitta began teaching AP courses in 1993, his students have had a 96% pass rate on the exam.


Wow.

2 comments:

PeggyU said...

Wow, indeed!

allen (in Michigan) said...

Wow, what a bargain! At $16,900 per year tuition it's almost half the per student budget of Washington D.C. school district. I wonder if that means D.C. schools are over-funded? Naw. An over-funded public school district is a contradiction in terms.