8 Laurel Springs Students Honored by the College Board National Recognition Program


Laurel Springs School, an accredited, private online school offering K–12 and postgraduate education, announced that the College Board, a nonprofit organization formed to expand and coordinate college entrance examinations, commended eight students for their academic successes. These students were named to the College Board National Recognition Program for their academic achievement as members of underrepresented groups, identifying as African American or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, members of Indigenous populations, or residing in a rural area or small town.

Laurel Springs School awardees include:

  • Erika Castaneda (Clyde Hill, WA)
  • Birhanu McAvoy (Wellington, FL)
  • Lauren Oliver (Lewisville, NC)
  • Mateo Melgar (San Antonio, TX)
  • Sofia O'Keefe (San Clemente, CA)
  • Germany Davis (College Park, GA)
  • Landon Ardila (Dallas, TX)
  • Paula Cortes Hernandez (Santa Monica, CA)

The College Board National Recognition Program selected awardees through College Board’s Student Search Service. The College Board considered students if they earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher; excelled on the PSAT, NMSQT, or PSAT 10; or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams.

At Laurel Springs School, students have access to an expansive curriculum, including more than 250 college-preparatory courses, with more than 60 Honors or AP classes. Teachers and administrators at Laurel Springs understand the importance of the college application process, and all upper school students receive personal college counseling. 

Laurel Springs counselors focus on ensuring students are well-prepared to enter the colleges and universities of their choice and have the information and support to identify and attain the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to follow their selected college and career paths. As a result, the Laurel Springs Class of 2022 Graduates were offered admission to 76% of U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Schools. 

In addition, The Academy at Laurel Springs offers an enhanced academic experience for high-performing middle and high school students preparing for a selective college or university with a personalized course plan and specially trained teachers. One hundred percent of the Class of 2022 Academy graduates are college-bound and well-qualified for the experience, with students reporting receiving more than one million dollars in scholarship awards for an average of more than $86,300 per student.

For more information about the College Board National Recognition Program, students can visit the College Board application site or request to have their eligibility reviewed.