All four high schools in Bartow County have been named Advanced Placement Honor Schools for 2018.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods last Thursday recognized 685 honor high schools in six categories — AP Challenge Schools, AP Access and Support Schools, AP Merit Schools, AP STEM Schools, AP STEM Achievement Schools and AP Humanities Schools — based on results of 2017 AP courses and exams, which are administered by the College Board.
AP courses are one of the ways Georgia students can access college-level learning while still in high school, and students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit.
“Georgia’s schools continue to expand opportunities for their students, including through their AP offerings,” Woods said in a press release. “We know the AP program produces strong results — for example, the graduation rate for students who complete just one AP course is 98 percent. I commend the school leaders who are expanding access for their students and the students and teachers in each of these schools who continue to pursue high-level learning.”
Adairsville, Cass, Woodland and Cartersville high schools were among the 213 AP STEM Schools, which have 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 and AP Computer Science A).
Adairsville, Woodland and Cartersville also made the AP STEM Achievement Schools list with 143 other Georgia high schools. Those are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Cartersville also was one of 134 schools named an AP Humanities School, indicating students tested in the following AP courses: at least one English language arts course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
Bartow County Superintendent Dr. John Harper said he is “so proud of our schools and their leadership teams" for making two of the six lists.
"They never lose sight of our core business — educating children," he said. "They work very hard to raise the academic standard in their buildings. STEM is an intentional focus by our leadership teams because they know it drives the world we live in today, a world laden with industries. Our children are exposed to more STEM initiatives than ever before, and I don’t foresee that educational powerhouse halting. Our schools are leading the charge, and I couldn’t be more impressed with this initiative that’s shaping how our future leaders see and solve problems.”
Dr. Howard Hinesley, superintendent of Cartersville City Schools, said he was "very excited to learn of the recognition that our high school has received."
"It is particularly gratifying in that when I first arrived to Cartersville, we offered five AP classes and now have expanded our catalog of classes to 16," he said. "Advanced Placement classes are valuable because they offer students more in-depth learning opportunities in the subject, and they also give students the possibility of earning college credit while still in high school. I believe it is beneficial any time we can increase learning while also giving our students a head start on their future education."
Georgia saw a 14 percent increase in the number of AP STEM Achievement Schools as well as an increase in the number of AP STEM Schools in 2018, the release said.
The state is ranked 15th in the nation for the percentage of students scoring 3, 4 or 5 on at least one AP exam during high school and 12th in the nation for AP participation.
Other categories were AP Challenge Schools (56 schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in the four core areas of English, math, science and social studies), AP Access and Support Schools (69 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) and AP Merit Schools (67 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).
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008, beginning with AP Challenge Schools, AP Access and Support Schools and AP Merit Schools.
The AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015.
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