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 College Readiness and Talent Development (AP, SAT, PSAT, ACT, IB)

New Updates COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

College Board, ACT and International Baccalaureate all have made significant adjustments to their testing calendars and continue to release updated information on their websites. College Board is releasing additional information regarding Advanced Placement on Friday, March 20th. We have linked the specific pages for College Board, International Baccalaureate and ACT that address the impacts of COVID-19 below. Please check these pages for the most up-to-date information.

Overview of Programs

The Georgia Department of Education is dedicated to the goals of improving student achievement on high stakes college entrance tests such as the SAT and the ACT and to providing students more opportunities for rigorous coursework through Advanced Placement courses. The College Readiness unit works to ensure college and workplace readiness for all students by providing professional learning and technical assistance to teachers, counselors, and administrators.

Over the past ten academic years, the increase in the number of Georgia students benefitting from Advanced Placement (AP) courses being offered in their high schools has been dramatic. For more information, see the linked document 2019 AP STATE OF THE STATE​​​.​

Advanced Placement

May 2019

May 2008

Georgia Public School students enrolled in AP courses




Georgia Public School students completing at least one AP exam




Number of AP exams taken by Georgia Public School students




AP Honor Schools
255 Georgia public schools were named Advanced Placement Honor Schools for 2020. The 2020 AP Honor Schools are named in eight categories, based on the results of 2019 AP courses and exams. A list of categories with descriptions is below and a full list of schools in each category is linked in the description.

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. In 2020, two new categories were added: AP Humanities Achievement and AP Expansion Schools. The AP Merit Schools category was renamed to AP Schools of Distinction.

2020 AP Stem Achievement Schools

Information for School Personnel

Information for Students and Parents

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 Contact Information

Gail Humble​
Program Manager
Phone: 404-463-5098

Martha Smith​
Program Specialist
Phone: 404-463-2588

Mary Jean Banter​
Program Specialist
Phone: 404-657-9800