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South Kingstown High School Celebrates Student Who Earned a Rare “Perfect” Score on an Advanced Placement Exam


South Kingstown, RI – South Kingstown High School celebrates high school student Katy Barrus for earning a perfect score on a college-level Advanced Placement® (AP®) Exam in spring 2022. Of the 137,000 students that took the exam, Katy was one of only 196 to earn every point possible on the AP Computer Science Principles Exam. “AP courses and exams are college-level, requiring great focus and persistence among participating students,” said Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program. “We applaud the educators who encourage students to challenge themselves, who motivate and encourage diverse students to achieve their academic potential.” The Advanced Placement Program is committed to ensuring that students have access to the opportunities they have earned. Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college, but have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement.

Colleges and universities around the world receive AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process. To learn more about AP, please visit

South Kingstown HS is proud to offer all Rhode Island students the opportunity to attend our high school by enrolling in one of our five Rhode Island Department of Education approved Career & Technical Education programs. 
   5 CTE Programs Available Include:
  1. Allied Health CNA & EMT
  2. Construction Technology
  3. PLTW Biomedical Science
  4. PLTW/URI Computer Science
  5. Studio Art Craft & Designer
Students who enroll in one of our CTE programs will have the potential to gain college credits, industry certifications, work based learning experiences, among other program benefits. To access our digital application click below:


Opportunities in Studio Art CTE:

Offering Coursework and work based learning experiences guiding students towards becoming a craft & fine artist, visual arts designer, and/or visual arts educator, as well as EEP credit through Rhode Island College.


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Opportunities in Construction Technology CTE:

Course and field work offering North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund (NASCTF) Apprenticeship Program entry at Level 1, with an opportunity to be evaluated for upgrade to level 2 during a 1 week safety and skills training.  Students also have the opportunity for entry into Carpenters Union Workforce as a member once the application process is completed, which includes student attending a 1.5 hr. information session, favorable interview, passing of a drug test, and the 1 week skills assessment and safety of apprenticeship training.


Students are required to earn OSHA 10 certification, as well as earn Level 1, 2, and 3 Residential NASCTF certification.


Opportunities in Allied Health CTE:

Offering the opportunity to take the State of RI CNA and/or EMT certification course and field work for all program members. CTE students are eligible for licensure exams upon completion of course and field work.


  • CNA students will complete 40 hours of field work experience at a variety of locations across South Kingstown.

  • EMT students will complete 40 hours of field work experience at various locations around Southern Rhode Island. 


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Opportunities in Computer Science CTE:

Coursework utilizing the Project Lead the Way Computer Science Pathway; Extensive Work Based Learning Opportunities and an embedded internship that will enable students in this CTE program to apply skills gained through course work in real world settings. In addition to the required CTE classes, there are multiple computer science electives students can take advantage of. 

Learn more about our five CTE Programs!


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Opportunities in Biomedical Science CTE:

Coursework utilizing the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Pathway; Working with the same equipment and tools used by lab professionals, PLTW Biomedical Science students are empowered to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges. Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication. CTE program includes extensive Work Based Learning Opportunities and  embedded activities that will enable students in this Biomedical Science program to apply skills gained through course work in real world settings with industry professionals. 

  •  The average high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is 94 percent, compared to the national adjusted cohort graduation rate of 85 percent. 

  • Students involved in CTE are far less likely to drop out of high school than other students, a difference estimated to save the economy $168 billion each year.

  • Over 75 percent of students “concentrating” in CTE end up enrolling in postsecondary education after graduating high school.

  • CTE students and their parents are three times more likely to report being "very satisfied" with the real-world learning component of their education than non-CTE students and parents. 

  • Progressive CTE course-taking in high school is associated with higher wages. Workers see a 2 percent wage increase for each upper-level CTE course taken.

  • Individuals with associate degrees in CTE fields can earn up to $10,000 more per year than those with associate degrees in other fields.

Why Enroll in a CTE Program?

Construction Technology at the 2022 Rhode Island Home Show!

Check out our Construction Tech CTE students at the RI Home Show! Both teachers and students did a great job building beautiful cabinets and a library table. 


Olivia Santucci, SKHS Graduate

I love the new CNA Program! It is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn something off the traditional high school path. I really like the instructor and love that we have to do some work at a college-level pace. It gives us an advantage because we will graduate as CNA's. 

Lauren Conley, SKHS Graduate

So far I have liked that this class is very hands-on, which I think makes it easier to learn the concepts. It is very beneficial to learn by doing the activities.

Matt Narkevicius, SKHS Graduate

I started at North Bennet Street School last week. It has only been a week but I am already in love! Mr. Swanson and the Carpentry CTE are the reason I am where I am in life right now...I can't begin to describe my appreciation

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