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Local schools honored for rigor, access to AP courses

JONESBORO — Four Clayton County high schools recently made a statewide list recognizing them for offering increased rigor in the classroom.

State School Superintendent John Barge announced this week a list of 462 Advanced Placement Honor Schools.

“I am so pleased to see this success grow to more and more of our schools this year,” said Barge. “These achievements can be attributed to the outstanding students and teachers at each of our AP Honor Schools.”

AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT college entrance exam. The classes are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students who, if they earn a 3, 4 or 5 on their AP exams, could receive college credit for the course.

The 2014 AP Honor Schools were named in five categories, based on the results of 2013 AP classes and exams.

The categories include AP STEM Schools, which are recognized for having students test in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. Jonesboro, Morrow and Mundy’s Mill high schools were named to that category.

Forest Park High was named an AP Access and Support School, an honor given to schools that have at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by African-American or Hispanic students and 30 percent of all exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

Other categories are AP STEM Achievement Schools, for schools with students testing in at least two AP math classes and two AP science classes with 40 percent of them scoring a 3 or above.

AP Merit Schools have at least 20 percent of the student body taking AP exams with at least half of them scoring 3 or above. And AP Challenge Schools have 900 or fewer students testing in English, math, science and social studies.