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 AP Information for School Personnel


Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses offered by trained high school teachers in the regular high school setting. Since 2008, over one-third of the seniors in Georgia pu​blic high schools were enrolled in AP courses. AP courses guarantee rigor in our classrooms. To learn more ​about offering AP courses in your high school, contact Martha Smith, Program Specialist at the GaDOE, 404.463.2588 or 

AP State of the State

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 2022 AP STATE OF THE STATE​​​​​.​​​

​AP Honor Schools

​​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 Exapansion Schools. The AP Merit Schools category was renamed to AP Schools of Distinction.

2023 Honor Schools Definitions of Categories​

AP Access and Support Schools 2023​

AP Challenge Schools 2023​

AP Expansion Schools 2023​

AP Humanities Schools 2023​​

AP Humanities Achievement Schools 2023​​

AP Schools of Distinction 2023​

AP STEM Schools 2023​

​​​​​​​​​AP STEM Achievement Schools 2023.pdf​​

New AP Coordinators

If you are a new AP Coordinator, please contact Martha Smith, to be added to our distribution list. New AP Coordinators in Georgia high schools need to carefully study the AP Coordinator’s Manual​ for guidance regarding the AP Course Audit process and the process for ordering and administering AP exams. For additional AP Coordinator resources, visit the AP Coordinator page of the College Board website at​. 



 Contact Information

​​Martha Smith
Program Specialist
​(470) 481-4289​