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2018 AP Honor Schools – Totals & Definitions
Lists of schools named in each category are linked beneath the
12, 2018 – State
School Superintendent Richard Woods has named 685 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor
Schools for 2018.
schools continue to expand opportunities for their students, including through
their AP offerings,” Superintendent Woods said. “We know the AP program
produces strong results – for example, the graduation rate for students who
complete just one AP course is 98 percent. I commend the school leaders who are
expanding access for their students, and the students and teachers in each of
these schools who continue to pursue high-level learning.”
saw a 14-percent increase in the amount of AP STEM Achievement Schools. Those
schools have 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
AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher. Georgia also saw an increase in
the amount of AP STEM Schools – which have students testing in at least two AP
math courses and at least two AP science courses.
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 2018 AP Honor Schools are named in six
categories, based on the results of 2017 AP courses and exams. A list of
categories is below and a full list of schools in each category is linked in
Georgia 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.
ranked 15th in the nation for the percentage of students scoring 3, 4, or 5
on at least one AP exam during high school, and 12th in the nation for AP
Challenge Schools (56 named in 2018) 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 (69 named in 2018) are schools with 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 scores
of 3 or higher.
Merit Schools (67
named in 2018) 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 (213
named in 2018) 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 (146 named in 2018) 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 (134 named in 2018) are schools with students testing in
the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses,
one fine arts course and one world language course.