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High Schools earn State AP Honor Schools Distinction

“Having all five high schools recognized as AP Honor Schools is a prestigious distinction that is a picture of the emphasis the CCSD places on instructional rigor and preparing students for higher learning,” said Dr. Brian Campbell, Director of Student Learning for High Schools.

According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Education, the 2022 AP Honor Schools are named in eight categories, based on the results of 2021 AP courses and exams.

AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. Advanced Placement courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high school level. Students who complete the course and receive a 3 or higher on an AP exam may receive college credit.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the Columbia County School District offered 27 AP courses across five high schools. A total of 1,925 students took 3,321 AP exams, and 54% earned a three or higher, which tops the state average of 50 percent.
 
The AP Honor Schools designated by category are as follows:
 
AP Access and Support Schools - (Grovetown High School)
Schools with at least 30 percent of 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 Humanities Schools - (Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside High Schools)
Schools with a minimum of five students testing in each of the following AP categories: one ELA course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. 
 
AP Humanities Achievement Schools - (Greenbrier and Lakeside High Schools)
AP Humanities schools (see above definition) with at least 50 percent of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of 3 or higher. 
 
AP Schools of Distinction - (Evans, Greenbrier and Lakeside High Schools)
Schools with at least 20 percent of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. 
 
AP STEM Schools - (Evans, Greenbrier, Grovetown, Harlem, and Lakeside High Schools)
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) 

AP STEM Achievement Schools - (Greenbrier and Lakeside High Schools)
AP STEM schools (see above definition) with at least 50 percent of all AP STEM exams earning scores of 3 or higher.