Pepperdine admissions director tours JSerra

JSerra President Frank Talarico with Laura Kalinkewicz, Pepperdine University admissions director

JSerra seniors who are registered on Naviance had a special opportunity to meet with Pepperdine’s new admissions director, Laura Kalinkewicz.

Arriving on campus for her first visit to JSerra in mid-August, Kalinkewicz was very impressed with the grand tour she was given by JSerra faculty member and Pepperdine alum Laura Kennedy. During an interactive luncheon with administrators, academic department heads and faculty,  Kalinkewicz pointed out how much JSerra and Pepperdine have in common.

“All agreed our Christian faith, its application to our curriculum and manifestation to serve our communities and the world at large, unite us in a similar educational purpose, vision and mission. Opportunities for future collaboration are a natural outcome of this tremendous visit,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra president.

Eric Stroupe Congratulates JSerra AP Scholars

A note from Eric Stroupe, JSerra VP of Curriculum & Instruction

Congratulations JSerra as we celebrate another fantastic year of AP success. This year’s scores are our best results ever, with an overall pass rate of 75%. Last’s year figure was 69% by comparison. So, I’d like to congratulate you on outstanding work this last school year. As you all know, it is not just the AP teachers who share in this success. Those students were given strong foundations in their lower-lever courses, so we can all take pride in their accomplishments. While all of our AP teachers and students have data worth highlighting, I wanted to especially congratulate the following teachers for their students’ scores:

Samaniego- 100% pass rate in Physics C, 4.2 average

Marci Smith- 92% pass rate in Calculus, 4.4 average

Sickler- 93% pass rate in English Language, 4.0 average

Kennedy- 97% pass rate in European History

In terms of students, we had 36 AP Scholars, 14 AP Scholars with Honor, 14 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 3 National AP Scholars. That last group consists of Luke Decker (passed all 9 AP exams, with 8 scores of 4 or 5), Chloe Kempf (passed all 8 AP exams, with 8 5’s!), and Madeleine Shaver (passed all 8 exams with scores of 4 or 5).

Congratulations again and I look forward to another fantastic academic year.