Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named five Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2020. 255 schools were recognized state-wide. AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. 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 2020 SCCPSS AP Honor Schools are named in seven categories, based on the results of 2019 AP courses and exams. SCCPSS schools receiving recognition include:
Jenkins High School, New Hampstead High School and Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School were named AP Access and Support schools. Access and Support Schools are 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.
Savannah Arts Academy was named an AP School of Distinction. AP Schools of Distinction are 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 3 or higher.
Islands High School was named an AP Expansion School. AP Expansion Schools are schools with 25% growth in AP participation from May 2018 to May 2019 and a minimum of 25 students testing in May 2018
Savannah Arts Academy was named an AP Humanities Schools. AP Humanities Schools are schools with a minimum of five students testing in all of the following AP courses: one ELA course, two history/social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
Savannah Arts Academy was named an AP Humanities Achievement School. AP Humanities Achievement Schools are AP Humanities schools (see above definition) with at least 50% of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Jenkins High School and Savannah Arts Academy, were named AP STEM Schools. AP STEM Schools are schools with a minimum of five students testing in at least four AP STEM courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles)
Savannah Arts Academy was also named an AP STEM Achievement School. AP STEM Achievement Schools are AP STEM schools (see above definition) with at least 50% of all AP STEM exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
In a news release from the Georgia Department of Education, Superintendent Woods was quoted as saying, “I'm proud of Georgia's students, who continue to record strong performance on Advanced Placement exams and outperform their peers in other Southern states. I'm also pleased to see the gains made by economically disadvantaged students in Georgia, as we work to ensure all students receive an excellent education. Ultimately, our goal is to provide rich opportunities for every student in our state – from advanced coursework like AP to the fine arts, world languages, career exploratory courses, and more." Georgia's public-school class of 2019 has the 17th-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to data released by the College Board earlier this month.
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008.