Forty-three students at The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, have earned AP Scholar awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides academically prepared students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.

About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who recently took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP Exams.

At The Gunnery, 19 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.

Five 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

Nineteen students qualified for the AP Scholar award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher.

Of this year's award recipients at The Gunnery, 10 are sophomores or juniors.