High School Student in Nearby San Marino Unified Earns Rare “Perfect” Score on an Advanced Placement Exam

A San Marino High School student has earned a perfect score on a college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exam that she took in spring 2023.

The Advanced Placement Program is administered by the non-profit College Board, established in 1900 to expand access to higher education. Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college but also have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement.

Dr. Linda de la Torre, San Marino Unified School District Superintendent, said Kathy Jia’s accomplishment is “a source of immense pride and inspiration for the San Marino High School community.”

“Her dedication to academic excellence exemplifies the spirit of curiosity and perseverance that we hope to instill in all our students,” de la Torre said. “Kathy’s achievement not only showcases her remarkable abilities but also reflects the outstanding education provided by our dedicated educators.”

Shelley Ryan, President of the San Marino USD Board of Education, said Jia’s perfect score on the AP Chemistry exam is a testament to “her outstanding intellect, relentless dedication, and the unwavering support” of the educators at San Marino High School.

“Her achievement not only showcases her remarkable abilities but also reflects the commitment to academic excellence that defines our school community,” Ryan said. “We are incredibly proud of Kathy’s accomplishment, and it serves as a beacon of inspiration for all students. As Board President, I commend her on this extraordinary milestone, and I have no doubt that she will continue to shine brightly in all her future endeavors.”

Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program at College Board, said AP courses and exams are college-level, requiring great focus and persistence among participating students.

“We applaud the educators who encourage students to challenge themselves, who motivate and encourage diverse students to achieve their academic potential,” Packer added.

Kathy Jia is also in a list of over 16,000 students nationwide that made it to the semifinals in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2024. Like all other semifinalists, she will now compete for a share of about 7,140 scholarships worth almost $28 million. Winners in this 69th year of the competition will be announced nationally between April and July next year.

San Marino High School, 2701 Huntington Drive, San Marino, (626) 299-7020 or visit www.sanmarinohs.org.

San Marino Unified School District (SMUSD), 1665 West Dr., San Marino, (626) 299-7000 or visit smusd.org.





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