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College Acceptances Roll In for Rye High Seniors

RYE, N.Y. - When Rye High School Principal Patricia Taylor sat down to create her college placement presentation for the Board of Education, there was one thing she just couldn't get out of her head.

"The theme of our Awards Assembly earlier in the month was 'Sitting, Waiting, Wishing' and I just thought it was such an appropriate way to describe our seniors during the fall and early December," Taylor said. "They've worked so hard to squeeze their education and activities into a little college application and now all they can do is sit back and see what happens."

According to Taylor, Rye High students have submitted more than 1,300 college applications to 277 different colleges across the United States.

"We do stress to our students the importance of applying to different schools," Taylor said. "Ultimately our goal is to make sure every student has multiple choices."

Taylor said the school has already received more than 200 acceptances, an accomplishment considering the majority of acceptances roll in during the spring.

"Ninety two percent of our students have already applied to colleges," Taylor said. "This figure speaks to how our faculty works with students to find different choices and apply in a timely fashion."

In addition to discussing college applications, Taylor's presentation also touched on the school's performance in AP exams. Currently Rye High School offers 22 AP classes and is mulling whether to add to that number.

"We don't have anything imminent," Taylor said, "But we are keeping an open mind in regard to AP classes."

According to Taylor's presentation, the number of AP candidates and exams has risen steadily each of the past five years. In 2012, Rye High School expects to administer more than 1,000 AP exams for the first time in the school's history.

Taylor cited the faculty as one of the biggest reasons for the school's success.

"Our faculty is very supportive of students," Taylor said. "If the students have the commitment and willingness to succeed, the faculty will work diligently to ensure that they do."

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