Four Paulding County high schools made the list of Georgia’s Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2019.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced Friday, Feb. 8, that Hiram High School, North Paulding High School, Paulding County High School and South Paulding High School all received honors in one or more AP categories.
Paulding County Schools Superintendent Brian Otott said, “Our high schools are doing a great job of not just exposing students to more challenging AP courses, but they are working with students to help them excel in those courses.
“These recognitions validate that work, and I am proud of our AP teachers and students for meeting the high standards of excellence set by the state for these honors,” Otott said.
The College Board, which also administers the SAT college entrance exam, administers AP exams.
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, a Georgia Department of Education release stated.
Paulding County schools and the AP categories where they were recognized included:
• AP Access and Support Schools: Paulding County High School. These 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. Statewide, 64 schools received this honor in 2018.
• AP Humanities Schools: Hiram High School, North Paulding High School, Paulding County High School. These 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. Only 142 schools were named to this honor in 2018 statewide.
• AP STEM Schools: North Paulding High School, Paulding County High School, and South Paulding High School. These 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, AP Computer Science Principles). Statewide, only 200 schools received this honor in 2019.
• AP STEM Achievement Schools: North Paulding High School and Paulding County High School. These are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Statewide, only 128 schools received this honor in 2019.
Woods said, “It’s essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that.
“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,” Woods said.
The Paulding schools were among 230 statewide in Georgia named as AP Honor Schools for 2019.
The 2019 AP Honor Schools in Georgia were named in six categories, based on the results of 2018 AP courses and exams.
The categories in which Paulding schools were not named were AP Merit Schools and AP Challenge Schools.
Merit Schools are schools with at least 20 percent of total student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Challenge Schools include schools with less than 900 students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science and social studies).