Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named four Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2019. 230 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 2019 SCCPSS AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of 2018 AP courses and exams. SCCPSS schools receiving recognition in 2018 include:
Jenkins High School and New Hampstead 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 Merit School. AP Merit Schools 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, Jenkins High School, and Savannah Arts Academy, were named AP STEM Schools. AP STEM Schools are 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).
Islands High School, Jenkins High School and Savannah Arts Academy were also named AP STEM Achievement Schools. AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Islands High School and Savannah Arts Academy were named AP Humanities Schools. AP Humanities Schools are schools with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
In a news release from the Georgia Department of Education, Superintendent Woods was quoted as saying, ““It's essential that we offer a robust set of opportunities to Georgia students, and Advanced Placement is an important part of that. 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."
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008.