State Names All Five Houston Co. High Schools AP STEM Schools | Schools
Five local high schools have been named 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) STEM Schools by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. Four of these same schools were also named AP STEM Achievement Schools. Dr. Barge announced 424 AP Honor Schools on Feb. 20, 2013, based on the results of the 2012 AP exams. Among those recognized are Houston County High, Northside High, Perry High, Veterans High and Warner Robins High.
AP STEM Schools tested students in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses such as calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics and computer science. The 2013 AP STEM Schools from Houston County are: Houston County High, Northside High, Perry High, Veterans High and Warner Robins High.
AP STEM Achievement Schools tested students in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent earned a score of 3, 4 or 5. Our 2013 AP STEM Achievement Schools are: Houston County High, Northside High, Perry High and Veterans High.
“Congratulations to all of our high schools for earning this recognition,” said Superintendent Dr. Robin Hines. “We appreciate our students who willingly tackle the rigor and requirements of college-level courses. Many thanks, also, to our parents who embrace AP challenges. We applaud our AP teachers for training, preparing and making available these opportunities. I also commend our Board members for their support of our system’s STEM initiatives and AP Program.”
AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. The AP Program offers college-level classes to high school students. Those who earn a score of 3 or higher on AP exams may receive college credit.
On AP exams, Houston County students typically perform at or above the global, state and southern region average scores. The College Board currently offers 31 AP courses. Among Houston County’s five high schools, 21 AP courses are being offered during the 2012-2013 school year. In May 2012, Houston County students took 1,364 AP exams. Exams with a qualifying score of 3 or higher totaled 857, saving parents an estimated $2 million in college tuition.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. For the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) news release titled, “Georgia’s Ranking on Advanced Placement Exams Improves to 12th in the Nation,” please visit http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?PressView=default&pid=97. For general information about AP in the state, please visit the GaDOE website at http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/AP-Information-for-Students-and-Parents.aspx. For more information about Houston County’s AP Program, please contact the Director of Gifted Education and AP Coordinator, Jan Jacobsen, at 478-988-6800, ext. 10393, or Jan.Jacobsen@hcbe.net.