Georgia’s public-school class of 2019 has the 17th-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to recent data released by the College Board.
Following the announcement, State School Superintendent Woods has named 255 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2020. Six South Fulton schools made the list.
Schools were recognized across eight categories: AP Access and Support Schools, AP Challenge Schools, AP Schools of Distinction, AP Expansion Schools, AP Humanities Schools, AP Humanities Achievement Schools, AP STEM Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools.
Banneker High School and Hapeville Career Academy were named 2020 AP Expansion Schools. These schools saw 25 percent growth in AP participation from May 2018 to May 2019 and a minimum of 25 students testing in May 2018.
Banneker, Creekside, Langston Hughes and Westlake High Schools were named 2020 STEM Schools. These schools had a minimum of five students testing in at least four AP STEM courses.
“I commend the students, teachers, and staff of these 255 schools,” Superintendent Woods said. “Behind this recognition is an enormous amount of hard work, and I congratulate all those who worked to expand access, improve performance, and build strong Advanced Placement programs in each school recognized today.”
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. This year two new categories were added: AP Humanities Achievement and AP Expansion Schools. The AP Merit Schools category was renamed AP Schools of Distinction.