Local schools named among state’s 230 AP Honor Schools

CONYERS — A majority of the high schools in Newton and Rockdale counties were named as AP Honor Schools for 2019 by Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods, who visited Heritage High School Friday.

It’s essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that,” said Woods. “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.”

Two schools in Rockdale, Heritage High and Rockdale County High, were named among the state’s 75 AP Access and Support Schools.

To be named an AP Access and Support School, a school must have 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 a score of three or higher.

Alcovy High, Eastside High, Newton High, Rockdale High and Heritage High were all named as some of the state’s 200 STEM Schools.

To be named an AP STEM School, students must test in at least two AP math and two AP science courses, such as 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.

Just as they were last year, Rockdale County High School and Eastside High in Newton County were named AP STEM Achievement Schools. A total of 128 schools were awarded this honor.

To be named an AP STEM Achievement School, students must test in at least two AP math courses, and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the scores in those exams must be three or higher.

Four schools in the area, Rockdale County High School, Alcovy High, Eastside High and Newton High, were named as some of the state’s 142 AP Humanities Schools.

To be named an AP Humanities School, students are testing in at least one English/Language Arts AP course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

Students that receive a three, four or five on an AP exam may receive college credit.

Lastly, Eastside High School was the only school in the area to be titled as an AP Merit School. Eastside and 70 other schools achieved this by having at least 20 percent of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all submitted AP exams earning scores of three or higher.

“I commend our AP Honor High Schools for their commitment to expanding AP course offerings and participation across all disciplines while simultaneously increasing AP exam achievement among all students,” said Rockdale Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts. ” As a district, we are committed to facilitating optimal student learning, achievement and growth, in part, by affording more students opportunities to pursue curricular options that challenge and enable them to obtain both high school and college credit for rigorous coursework.”

According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Education, the state is ranked 16th in the nation for the percentage of students that score a three or higher on at least one AP exam in high school and 13th based off of AP participation. These are just one rank below 2018 results.

To learn more about the AP program visit www.gadoe.org

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