ALBANY, Ga. -- Westover, Albany and Dougherty were among 367 Advanced Placement (AP) Honors high schools recognized Tuesday by State School Superintendent John Barge.
Albany and Dougherty made the 2012 AP Challenge Schools List and Westover made the 2012 AP Stem Schools List.
AP Challenge Schools are schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).
AP Stem Schools are 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).
"Our high school students are leading the state in Advanced Placement course enrollment," Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua W. Murfree said. "Three of our four high schools achieved recognition on the state superintendent's list. This demonstrates our work to help students achieve beyond all expectation, to earn a high school diploma and already have college course credit puts students on the fast track to success."
Barge lauded the high schools for their achievements.
"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."
Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT (scholastic aptitude test). AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.
Georgia ranks 13th in the nation in the percentage of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, according to The College Board's AP Report to the Nation released Wednesday. This report measures progress of the class of 2011.
"More Georgia students than ever before are taking AP courses and passing the exam," Barge said. "Success on AP exams means that students are prepared for college and careers, which is our ultimate goal."
Gov. Nathan Deal added, "Our state's excellent performance on AP exams demonstrates our success in cultivating excellence. With hard work and perseverance, young Georgians have the tools to achieve their dreams. Students who earn passing grades on Advanced Placement tests get a jump start on college and, in the long run, they help the state. These students represent the 'best and brightest' and are the future economic engines of Georgia. They also save our colleges and universities money by earning class credits."