I just received a phone call from a very excited nsshere (my daughter). She just got her AP scores. As a 10th Grader, she got a 5 in AP World History (and 770 on the SAT Subject Exam in World History), and a 4 in AP Stats (and, IIRC, this is significantly better than the others in her class). I’ll also note her report card this June was straight A-E-Es.
For all the news you hear about the problems in LA Unified, or at Van Nuys, a bright and motivated student can still shine.