Jackson County and East Jackson comprehensive high schools are among just 200 across the state of Georgia recognized for participation in Advanced Placement STEM classes and only 128 recognized as AP STEM Achievement Schools. EJCHS also was cited as one of 142 AP Humanities Schools.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods named a total of 230 AP Honor Schools for 2019 on Friday.
“This announcement makes it clear that we are preparing our students for the rigorous work of post-secondary education,” said Dr. April Howard, superintendent of Jackson County Schools. “We are so proud of our students and the teachers who are working to be sure they are college- and career-ready.”
Troy Johnson, JCSS’s director of school improvement and accountability, echoed those sentiments.
“College and career readiness are critical for our graduates’ future success,” he said. “This recognition – not only for participation but also for achievement – shows our students are not just enrolling in rigorous courses, but they also are being successful in them.”
The AP STEM School recognition came because both EJCHS and JCCHS had students who enrolled and tested in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. The Achievement designation was earned because the scores on at least 40 percent of those courses’ final exams were 3 or higher on a scale of 5.
The science, technology, engineering and math classes that make up the STEM designation are part of the AP math curriculum that includes Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Statistics; and, in AP science coursework, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, Computer Science A, and Computer Science Principles.
The humanities designation honors schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one English course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course.
“It’s essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that,” Woods said in announcing the state-wide recognition.
“I congratulate the educators and leaders who worked to create strong AP programs in these 230 Georgia schools, ultimately connecting students with high-level coursework and the opportunity to gain college credit.”
AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT college placement test. 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 2019 AP Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2018 AP courses and exams. The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008.
Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 is ranked 16th in the nation for the percentage of students scoring 3, 4, or 5 on at least one AP exam during high school, and 13th in the nation for AP participation. Click here for more information on Georgia students’ performance on the SAT.
The Jackson County School System serves approximately 8,000 students in Pre-K through 12th grade in 10 schools across the county.