“It’s essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that,” Woods said in a news release. “I congratulate the educators and leaders who worked to create strong AP programs in these 230 Georgia schools, ultimately connecting students with high-level coursework and the opportunity to gain college credit.”
AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high-school level; students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit. The 2019 AP Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2018 AP courses and exams.
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This recognition began with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools, AP Challenge Schools and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015.
Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 is ranked 16th in the nation for the percentage of students scoring 3, 4, or 5 on at least one AP exam during high school, and 13th in the nation for AP participation.
Schools listed by category are as follows:
o AP Access and Support Schools are schools with at least 30 percent of AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Of the 64 named in Georgia, four were local: Buckhead’s North Atlanta, Brookhaven’s Cross Keys and Sandy Springs’ North Springs and Riverwood.
o AP Challenge Schools are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies). Of the 44 named statewide, none were local.
o AP Humanities Schools are schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one English course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. Of the 142 named in Georgia, five were local: Chamblee plus North Atlanta, Cross Keys, North Springs and Riverwood.
o AP Merit Schools are schools with at least 20 percent of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Of the 71 named statewide, four are local: Buckhead’s Atlanta Classical plus North Atlanta, Chamblee and North Springs.
o AP STEM Schools are 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 environmental science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A and AP computer science principles). Of the 200 named in Georgia, six were local: Cobb County’s Campbell plus North Atlanta, Chamblee, Cross Keys, North Springs and Riverwood.
o AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Of the 128 named statewide, three were local: North Atlanta, Chamblee and Riverwood.
In a Wednesday news release, Woods announced 23.2 percent of Georgia public school students in the class of 2018 earned a 3 or higher on an AP exam – compared to 23 percent of the class of 2017, and 22.4 percent of the class of 2016.
While the 2018 percentage is close to the national average of 23.5 percent, it is well below the nation’s top rate, which belongs to Massachusetts at 32.9 percent. Overall, 41.3 percent of Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 took an AP exam while in high school. This is the 13th-highest AP participation rate in the nation.
For more information on the AP program, visit https://reports.collegeboard.org/ap-program-results.