ALBANY, Ga. -- Three of Dougherty County’s four public high schools were included in a list of 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education.
Albany High School was honored as an Advanced Placement Honors Challenge School. This is the designation for schools with 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).
Monroe and Westover high schools earned honors as AP Honors STEM schools. These are high 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 B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science). STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The AP honors STEM School recognition was especially sweet to Monroe Principal Valerie Thomas, who is in her second year at the school's helm.
"We are proud and excited for our AP students, as well as their teachers who have challenged the students more, which contributed to this honor." Thomas said. "We are transitioning to improve our school. The system is working and there is more collaboration in the building. Our people have embraced the team concept and it is a plus for our students and teachers.
"Consistency is the key and we have had a lot of parental support during this transition."
Westover Principal William Chunn also was pleased at Westover's designation as a STEM Honors school.
"We are very excited about this accolade and our increase in our AP Exams," Chunn said. "We are committed to getting as many as possible into post-secondary education and these AP exams benefit the students tremendously as they are able to receive college credit while still in high school. "
Albany High Principal Angela Shumate said of her school's AP Challenge School Honor that being a small school has its advantages.
"As a result of encouraging our intellectually talented students, we have been able to offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes in all four core areas of the curriculum," Shumate said. "These classes embrace and seek even the economically disadvantaged. Therefore, we are extremely proud to be recognized by the state as an AP Challenge School."
The Albany principal added, "Albany High School is a unique gem, and we are extremely proud of the distinction of being a small school whose mission is to create an environment and culture that challenge all students to make the connection between rigorous academic and career explorations."