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AP Honor Schools – Totals & Definitions
to schools named in each category are linked beneath the “Categories” heading
2017 – State School
Superintendent Richard Woods today named 674 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor
“The number of
our schools and students succeeding in the college-level learning offered by
Advanced Placement continues to increase,” Superintendent Woods said. “It is my
pleasure to recognize these schools – and, by extension, their students,
teachers, and staff – for the excellent work being done to expand opportunity
to all students.”
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 2017 AP Honor
Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2016 AP courses
and exams. A list of categories is below, and a full list of schools in each
category is linked in each description.
Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This
recognition began with the first three categories listed below; AP STEM and AP
STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category
was added in 2015.
Challenge Schools (59 named in 2017) are schools with enrollments of 900 or
fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math,
science, and social studies).
Access and Support Schools (65 named in 2017) are schools with at least 30% of AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Merit Schools (69 named in 2017) 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.
STEM Schools (204 named in 2017) 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).
STEM Achievement Schools (128 named in 2017) 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
Humanities Schools (149 named in 2017) are schools with students testing in
the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses,
one fine arts course and one world language course.