High schools recognized by state for AP programs

by Celia Shortt

All three Coweta County public high schools have received special recognition by Georgia’s Department of Education for their Advanced Placement programs.

East Coweta , Newnan and Northgate high schools in the Coweta County School System were all named as 2014 AP Honor Schools. All three were recognized as 2014 AP STEM Achievement Schools and 2014 AP STEM Schools. Northgate was also named a 2014 AP Merit School.

“To receive recognition… is rewarding because it is a new way of doing things — a new focus,” said Coweta County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker. “It speaks to the work that our schools our doing.”

“The STEM recognition is a real focus on things we know our nation will need in its future and its future leaders,” he added.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. It is a curriculum focused on educating students in those four fields.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school a chance for college credit, dependent on test scores.

With the 2014 AP Honor Schools, there are five different categories, based on the results of 2013 AP classes and exams.

• AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.

• AP Stem Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).

• AP Stem Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least 2 AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.

• AP Challenge Schools: Schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).

• AP Access & Support Schools: Schools with at least 30 percent of their 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.

"There are so many Georgia schools that have great success with Advanced Placement," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "I am so pleased to see this success grow to more and more of our schools this year. These achievements can be attributed to the outstanding students and teachers at each of our AP Honor Schools."

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