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17 DeKalb high schools earn AP honors

3/3/2017, 6 a.m.

Seventeen DeKalb County high schools have been named to multiple lists recognizing achievements on the 2016 Advanced Placement exams by the Georgia Department of Education and the College Board.

Five more DeKalb high schools made the 2017 Advanced Placement Honors List since the previous school year, moving from 12 to 17 schools receiving the prestigious awards.

Cedar Grove High was among five statewide winners of Georgia’s AP Champion Award, which provides a $500 stipend to advance the AP program at the school.

AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT and PSAT. Through AP courses, Georgia students can access college-level learning at the high school level. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit, and students who earn passing scores of 3, 4, or 5 are eligible for college credit and demonstrate greater preparedness for college-level work.

Superintendent R. Stephen Green lauded the AP recognition.

“We are proud of each of these campuses, as this honor validates our belief in the rigorous instruction and dedication that is delivered daily,” Green said in a Feb. 27 statement. “This year, we are even more proud to have added five additional campuses to this list. This is one more example of how our schools are places of deep and effective teaching and learning.”

The 2017 AP Honors Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2016 AP courses and exams.

AP Challenge Schools are schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies): DeKalb School of the Arts and Ronald E. McNair High.

AP Access and Support Schools are schools with at least 30 percent of the AP exams taken by black or Hispanic students and 30 percent of students passed with a 3 or higher: Chamblee Charter High, DeKalb Early College Academy, DeKalb School of the Arts, Druid Hills High, and Southwest DeKalb High.

AP Merit Schools are 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: Chamblee Charter, DeKalb School of the Arts, Dunwoody High, and Lakeside High.

AP STEM Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science 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): Arabia Mountain High, Cedar Grove High, Chamblee Charter, Clarkston High, DeKalb School of the Arts, Druid Hills High, Dunwoody High, Lakeside, Lithonia High and Tucker High.

AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher: Chamblee Charter, DeKalb School of the Arts, Dunwoody High, and Lakeside.

AP Humanities Schools are schools with students testing in the following AP courses – at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course: Arabia Mountain High, Chamblee Charter, Cross Keys High, DeKalb School of the Arts, Dunwoody, Lakeside, Lithonia, Redan High, Southwest DeKalb, Stephenson High, Stone Mountain High, and Tucker.

Cedar Grove is an AP Champion Award High School. Consideration was given based on the following components:

  • The activity reflects the school’s efforts toward eliminating barriers that restrict access to AP for students from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underserved.

  • There is evidence of efforts to ensure that AP classes at the school reflect the diversity of the school’s student population.

  • The activity illustrates intentions to build and sustain a positive culture around AP by celebrating both student participation and success.

  • The activity was creative in promoting AP that encourages, engages, and excites students.

For more information, visit www.dekalbschoolsga.org.