Area schools recognized for advanced courses

Northeast High School was named an Advanced Placement Challenge School by State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox.

The high school is one of 80 schools in the state recognized this year in that category.

Northeast has fewer than 900 students and offers at least one AP course in each of the four core subject areas. They will receive a $2,500 state grant to help AP teachers with training.

Also named as “AP Access and Support Schools” were Baldwin High School, Dublin High School and East Laurens High School. They had 30 percent of AP test-takers who are black or Hispanic and at least 30 percent score 3 or higher on AP exams.

“The earlier students are exposed to the rigorous coursework in AP classes the better they are prepared for the academic challenges they will face in college,” Northeast principal Sam Scavella said.