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Schools Honored for Advanced Placement Success (UPDATED 2/15/08)

MEDIA CONTACT: Dana Tofig, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 463-1487,  dtofig@gadoe.org    February 8, 2008 -- State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox has designated more than 80 Georgia high schools as Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools.   Superintendent Cox announced the AP Honor Schools during her speech to the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders earlier this week.    "Georgia is a national leader in the growth of students who are taking and succeeding in AP courses," Superintendent Cox said. "These schools have made a commitment to high standards and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts."    Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board and offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams can receive college credit.    Georgia is recognizing AP Honor Schools in three categories:  -  AP Challenge Schools:  Schools with 900 or fewer students that offer at least one AP course in each of the four traditional core areas -- English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.    -  AP Access and Support Schools:  Schools with at least 30% of their AP test takers identified as African-American or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.    -  AP Merit Schools:  Schools that have at least 20 percent of its students taking AP exams and at least half of its AP exams receiving a score of three (3) or higher.    AP Growth in Georgia     In five years, the number of Georgia public school students taking AP classes has nearly doubled from 21,704 in 2002 to over 43,000 in 2007. In that time, however, the percentage of AP exam takers receiving a 3, 4 or 5 has remained steady. Georgia is also a national leader in minority participation in AP programs.  "AP is an important part of offering a rigorous education to our public school students," Superintendent Cox said. "Our Honor Schools are leading the way in helping us expand the number of AP classes we offer and helping us grow the success our students are having on AP exams."    2008 AP HONOR SCHOOLS  (Based on 2007-2008 data):   AP Challenge Schools  Adairsville High School (Bartow)  Albany High School (Dougherty)  Armuchee High School (Floyd)  Buford High School (Buford City)  Calloway High School (Troup)  Cook County High School (Cook)  Coosa High School (Floyd)  Decatur High School (Decatur City)  Dooly County High School (Dooly)  Davidson Magnet School (Richmond)  Lincoln County High School (Lincoln)  McIntosh County Academy (McIntosh)  Model High School (Floyd)  Mt. Zion High School (Carroll)  North Oconee High School (Oconee)  Northeast High School (Bibb)  Oglethorpe County High School (Oglethorpe)  Pike County High School (Pike)  Rabun County High School (Rabun)  Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah-Chatham)  Southeast Bulloch High School (Bulloch)  Temple High School (Carroll)  Thomasville High School (Thomasville City)    AP Access and Support Schools   Academy of Richmond County (Richmond)  Augustus R. Johnson Magnet School (Richmond) - added 2/15 Baldwin County High School (Baldwin)  Berkmar High School (Gwinnett)  Bradwell Institute (Liberty)  Cairo High School (Grady)  Campbell High School (Cobb)  Central Gwinnett High School (Gwinnett)  Chamblee High School (DeKalb)  Chapel Hill High School (Douglas)  Cross Keys High School (DeKalb)  DeKalb School of the Arts (DeKalb)  Douglas County High School (Douglas)  Druid Hills High School (DeKalb)  Dutchtown High School (Henry)  Eagle’s Landing High School (Henry)  Fayette County High School (Fayette)  Griffin High School (Griffin-Spalding)  Harlem High School (Columbia)  Herschel Jenkins High School (Savannah-Chatham)  Davidson Magnet School (Richmond)  Liberty County High School (Liberty)  Lithia Springs High School (Douglas)  Luella High School (Henry)  North Cobb High School (Cobb)  Pebblebrook High School (Cobb)  Rockdale County High School (Rockdale)  Sandy Creek High School (Fayette)  Shiloh High School (Gwinnett)  South Gwinnett High School (Gwinnett)  Southwest DeKalb High School (DeKalb)  Stockbridge High School (Henry)  Thomasville High School (Thomasville City)  Tucker High School (DeKalb)  Washington County High School (Washington)  Washington Wilkes High School (Wilkes)  West Laurens High School (Laurens)  Westlake High School (Fulton)  Westover High School (Dougherty)  Windsor Forest High School (Chatham)    AP Merit Schools  Alpharetta High School (Fulton)  Augustus R. Johnson Magnet School (Richmond) - added 2/15 Centennial High School (Fulton)  Chamblee High School (DeKalb)  Chattahoochee High School (Fulton)  Columbus High School (Muscogee)  Davidson Magnet High School (Richmond)  Decatur High School (Decatur City)  DeKalb School of the Arts (DeKalb)  Duluth High School (Gwinnett)  George Walton High School (Cobb)  Harrison High School (Cobb)  Lakeside High School (DeKalb)  Lassiter High School (Cobb)  Milton High School (Fulton)  North Forsyth High School (Forsyth)  North Gwinnett High School (Gwinnett)  North Springs High School (Fulton)  Northview High School (Fulton)  Riverwood High School (Fulton)  Roswell High School (Fulton)  Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah-Chatham)  South Forsyth High School (Forsyth)
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