All four Floyd County high schools were among a select group of high schools across the state honored by State School Superintendent Richard Woods this week as he announced the 2016 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. Armuchee High, Coosa High, Model High and Pepperell High were all honored as AP Challenge Schools. Armuchee, Model and Pepperell were also honored as AP STEM Schools. Floyd County Schools was also recognized in November as one of six Georgia school systems to make the AP District Honor Roll.
AP Challenge schools are small high schools of fewer than 900 students offering the AP advanced courses in the core subject areas of English, math, science, and social studies. 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.
AP STEM schools have students taking AP tests in multiple math and science courses. "On top of our selection to the AP National Honor Roll, this is wonderful news for our school system," stated Dr. John Jackson, interim superintendent of Floyd County Schools. “Earning AP honors is indicative of the high priority we place on providing challenging courses for our students that will prepare them for graduation and success in life."
AP Honor Schools are named in five categories based on results of 2015 AP classes and exams. Floyd County Schools is one of the area leaders in AP offerings for students with 18 AP courses available in the four high schools.
Floyd County high schools have regularly earned AP honors for the last several years. The system made the commitment to be a leader in Advanced Placement courses offered to students with the move to a more extensive offering of advanced courses 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.