Five Atlanta Public Schools designated AP honor schools

Five Atlanta Public Schools appear on the Georgia state Superintendent’s newly released list of Advanced Placement (AP) Honor schools. Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge named 367 AP Honor Schools today, stating, “Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement.”

Booker T. Washington High School (AP Challenge School), Carver School of Health Sciences (AP Challenge School), Henry W. Grady High School (AP STEM School and AP STEM Achievement School), Benjamin E. Mays High School (AP STEM School) and South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science (AP Challenge School) were all recognized on the distinguished list, which comprises five categories—AP Challenge Schools, AP Access and Support Schools, AP Merit Schools, AP Stem Schools, and AP STEM Achievement Schools.  The list is based on the results of 2011 AP classes and exams.  The categories are defined as follows:

  • AP Challenge School:  Schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science and social studies).
  • AP Access and Support Schools:  Schools with at least 30% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher.
  • AP Merit Schools:  Schools with at least 20% of the students population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher.
  • AP STEM Schools:  Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP calculus AB, AP calculus BC, AP statistics,  AP biology, AP chemistry, AP science, AP environmental science, AP physics B, AP physics C, AP computer science)
  • AP STEM Achievement Schools:  Schools with students testing in at least 2 AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three or higher. 

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT.  AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students.  Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.

“Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools,” said Barge.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, has been designated by the State Board of Education as “AP Day in Georgia.”  This date coincides with the College Board’s release of the 2011 AP Report to the Nation.


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