All four Floyd County high schools were among a select group of high schools across the state honored by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge today as he announced the 2014 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. Armuchee High collected honors in three categories. Coosa High, Model High and Pepperell High were each named in one AP honor category. Advanced Placement (AP) classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. Students who receive a 3,4, or 5 score on an AP exam may receive college credit.
Armuchee High School made the honor roll for AP STEM Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools. Armuchee High, Coosa High, Model High and Pepperell High were all honored as AP Challenge Schools. "Earning AP honors is indicative of the high priority placed on providing the challenging courses for our students that will prepare them for success after graduation," stated Dr. Jeff McDaniel, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. "Students taking AP courses are motivated to succeed at the best colleges and universities and these honors show that our schools are dedicated to helping these young people reach their goal."
AP Honor Schools are named in five categories based on results of 2013 AP classes and exams. The categories are:
AP Challenge Schools: Schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas of English, math, science and social studies in AP courses.
AP Access and Support Schools: 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.
AP Merit Schools: 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 three (3) or higher.
AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) 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).
AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.
Floyd County high schools have been regular honorees in the AP awards for the last several years as the system has made the commitment to be a leader in Advanced Placement courses offered to students. The move to a more extensive offering of advanced courses for students in Floyd County Schools began with the introduction of the Honors College Prep Program in the fall of 2002. This advanced program of study for students in Floyd County Schools is among the top college-preparatory programs in Northwest Georgia. The comprehensive, rigorous, advanced program of study is designed to prepare students for the most demanding college or university. Honors Prep is available at all four Floyd County high schools. The expansion of Advanced Placement class offerings was a major component in raising the level of academic opportunities available to students in Floyd County. “These honors are especially significant for our small local high schools," stated David Johnson, chairman of the Floyd County Board of Education. "Offering the broad selection of advanced classes in small community schools is not always easy but we feel it is necessary to the success of our graduates.”