A San Diego-area high school student has earned a perfect score on her advanced placement Spanish Language exam, making her one of only 55 students in the world to accomplish the impressive academic feat.
Grecia Perez-Carillo, a senior at Southwest High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District, earned every point possible on her AP Spanish Language examination in spring 2015.
Southwest High School Principal Lee Romero proudly shared the news of the student’s success after he received a letter on Jan. 12 from AP exam officials announcing Perez-Carillo’s accomplishment.
“I am very proud of this young lady,” said Romero. “Her future is limitless.”
The local student was one of only 55 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Spanish Language test. Last month, a 17-year-old math wiz in Los Angeles made headlines with a similar achievement, earning a perfect score on his AP Calculus exam, also taken last spring.
“Looking across approximately 4.5 million AP exams taken by 2.5 million U.S. public high schools in 2015, only 322 students earned every point possible on an AP exam,” Romero said, calling Perez-Carillo's score a “rare accomplishment.”
Perez-Carillo is currently enrolled in four AP classes at her high school: Spanish Literature; English Literature; Government; Environmental Science.
Her AP Spanish Language teacher, Dianna Sevilla, has been teaching Spanish at the high school for 17 years, Romero said.
According to the principal, when Perez-Carillo first arrived at Southwest High School as a freshman, she had limited English language proficiency. Within a year of English Learner program classes, she was taking AG College Prep courses in English.
Southwest High School is located at 1685 Hollister St. in San Diego’s Nestor community and serves more than 1,700 students in grades nine through 12.