Georgia State School Superintedent Richard Woods has named five Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2022. 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 2022 SCCPSS AP Honor Schools are named in seven categories, based on the results of 2021 AP courses and exams. SCCPSS schools receiving recognition 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 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.
Savannah Arts Academy and Islands High School were named 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, Islands 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.
Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School has been named an AP Expansion School. AP Expansion Schools are recognized for having 25% growth in AP student participation from May 2020 to May 2021 and a minimum of 25 students testing in May 2020.
Georgia's public-school class of 2021 maintains the 17th-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to data released by the College Board. That maintains the AP Pass Rate Georgia students achieved in 2020 despite the impact of COVID. In a news release from the Georgia Department of Education, Superintendent Woods was quoted as saying, “I am proud of the class of 2021 for recording another strong performance on the AP exams. Despite the challenges these students have faced during their four years of high school, they continue to succeed. This is an accomplishment for them and for their hardworking teachers."
Overall, 33.4 percent
of Georgia’s class of 2021 took an AP exam while in high school. The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008.