BIDDEFORD —The Biddeford School Department has been named to the AP Achievement List by the College Board.

This distinguishes Biddeford as one of fewer than 400 school districts offering advance placement courses to a broader pool of students while improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams.

These advance placement courses allow high school students to pursue college-level studies. The exam at the end of each course also provides the opportunity for students to earn college credit.

From 2008 to 2010, Biddeford increased advance placement participation from 17 to 105 students. In 2010, 35 percent of those students scored a 3 or higher on the exam.

“It is an honor for the students of Biddeford High School as well as the citizens of Biddeford for Biddeford High School to be named to the AP Achievement List by the College Board,” Superintendent Sarah-Jane Poli said.

Only three other schools in the state have received the distinction, including Auburn School Department, RSU 51 and the Wells/Ogunquit School District.