Five high schools in Middle Georgia were among a list of 125 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in the state, according to the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation.
Based on information from AP classes during the 2008-09 year, those schools could be listed within one of three categories.
Howard, Northeast and Southwest high schools in Bibb County were recognized as AP Challenge Schools, with fewer than 900 students offering AP classes in English, math, social studies and science. Hancock Central High School also made that list.
Tandi Pressley, Bibb County’s director of gifted and advanced academics, attributed the recognition to an open access policy to AP classes for the system’s students, teacher training and district funding to help students pay for AP exams in addition to state money.
“If the child’s intent to go to college in the future, AP courses will prepare them for postsecondary work,” she said. “Even if students don’t score well on the AP exam, they have benefited from the academic rigor in class.”
Baldwin High School was listed as an AP Access & Support School, with at least 30 percent of black or Hispanic AP test takers at the school, as well as 30 percent or more of all AP exams receiving a passing score of 3 or higher.
Georgia as a whole was ranked 12th nationwide in seniors earning a score of 3 or higher on AP exams, as well as seeing the second-highest five-year increase in public school students who earned a passing score.