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Academic Recognition: National Merit, AP, IB, and Global Seal of Biliteracy

Country Day offers Upper School students multiple, rigorous academic paths on their way to becoming fully prepared for college.

National Merit Semi-Finalists

Eleven members of this year's senior class have qualified as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program after taking the 2020 PSAT exam. Congratulations to:

Janae-Rose Fageyinbo
Grace Gardner
Kenan Hawley
Kenneth Jackson
Tyler Letarte
Raunak Mandal
Charlotte Nofsinger
Abe Orlandi
Lulu Sasz
Katie Sluder
Janani Sundaram

Commended Scholars

In addition, 13 seniors have been selected as National Merit Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Committee. 

Hannah Baumgartner
Garv Bhargava
Zach Goldsmith
Harris Graham
Skyla Kiang
Connor Kleiderer
Peter Lawing
Zoe Mantooth
Atish Pillai
Annabelle Thomas
Lilla Timperman
Kennedy Wallace
Owen Yuhas

Last year, the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) testing programs adjusted their formats in recognition of the varied hybrid and remote learning scenarios affecting high school students worldwide. Despite an unusual academic year, Country Day students continued to perform well and earn college credit for their high school coursework. 

AP Scholars

In the spring, Country Day administered 506 AP exams for 26 different courses, and 85 students qualified as AP Scholars. 38 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams; 19 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams; and, 28 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award for scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Group of 28 seniors in graduation gowns

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB Class of 2021 boasted a 96% passing rate on this rigorous, internationally recognized curriculum, which is well above the U.S. and international averages. Country Day's IB Diploma graduates over the past few years include a Morehead-Cain Scholarship recipient to UNC-Chapel Hill, members taking their athletic abilities to the next level at schools such as Colby, Elon, Skidmore, and Sewanee, and matriculation to such selective schools as UVA, Dartmouth, Wake Forest, and Davidson. 

Country Day was the first private school in North Carolina to offer The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This two-year program for juniors and seniors includes a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum, promotes international-mindedness, develops research, writing, and thinking skills, and emphasizes reflection and growth. Country Day offers 24 IB courses.

The Global Seal of Biliteracy in Working Fluency

The Global Seal of Biliteracy in Working Fluency is based on strong AP and IB scores. Not only is it an honor to receive this award, but also, The Global Seal of Biliteracy is recognized nationally and can be used to certify to both universities and employers that the students’ language proficiency falls into the Advanced range according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. Congratulations to:

  • Chinese: Joseph Forsythe
  • French: Ellie Dixon, Patrick Moore
  • Latin: Adam Ogden, Lilah Peck
  • Spanish: Robyn Arden, Lindsay Batten, Megan Birenbaum, Armando Chardiet, Lizzie Foster, Anjali Kapadia, Will Kercher, Lorraine Lang, Emma Kate Lauf, Alexandra Lostetter, Hall McCurdy, Adele Morris, Addison Pignetti, Garrett Portland, Davis Prevette, Alex Price, Jacobo Rassa, Janani Sundaram, Alice Whisnant, Sydney Whitfield