Seven area high schools among state's 2014 AP Honor Schools

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 24, 2014 

Seven area high schools are among the state's 462 Advanced Placement Honor Schools for 2014, which the Georgia Department of Education announced Monday.

Callaway, Columbus, LaGrange, Marion County, Northside, Spencer and Troup County high schools are listed in at least one of the five categories comprising the 2014 AP Honor Schools, based on the results of the 2013 AP classes and exams:

• AP Challenge Schools: Callaway and Spencer. These are schools with enrollment of 900 students or fewer but with at least 10 students who took AP exams in the four core areas (English, math, science and social studies).

• AP Access and Support Schools: Marion. These are schools with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as black or Hispanic, and 30 percent of the school's AP exam scores were a 3 or higher. The AP's scoring scale goes up to 5.

• AP Merit Schools: Columbus. These schools had at least 20 percent of their students take AP exams, and at least 50 percent of the school's scores were a 3 or higher.

• AP STEM Schools: Columbus, LaGrange, Northside and Troup County. These schools had students test in at least two AP math courses and at least two AP science courses.

• AP STEM Achievement Schools: Columbus, LaGrange and Troup County. These schools had students test in at least two AP math courses and at least two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of those scores were 3 or higher.

“AP STEM Schools has no minimum limit for testers, but we don’t get data on schools who test fewer than 10 in a given course,” department spokesman Matt Cardoza explained in an email. “AP STEM Achievement Schools has no minimum limit for testers, but of all students tested in the subject, 40 percent must score at the required level.”

AP classes are considered more rigorous than their regular counterparts. High school students who earn a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit for that course. The College Board administers the AP classes and exams, as well as the SAT.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

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