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CCSD News and Announcements
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Feb. 9, 2011
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345

Cobb High Schools Among State Leaders
in Advanced Placement Exam Access, Success

Fifteen of the Cobb County School District’s 16 high schools were recognized as 2011 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by the Georgia Department of Education. The program includes five categories of criteria for schools to meet based on overall performance on Advanced Placement exams and increased access to AP courses, especially for minority students. AP classes offer more rigorous, college-level coursework to students, helping them become better prepared for post-secondary studies.

AP Access & Support Schools must have 30 percent of test takers that are Black or Hispanic and at least 30 percent of all AP exams with a score of 3 or higher. Campbell, McEachern, North Cobb and Pebblebrook earned this level of recognition for offering more AP courses to more students. This mirrors the district-wide trend for Cobb County Schools; the percentage of students enrolled in AP courses has improved from 16 percent in 2005-06 to 26 percent in 2009-10.

For the AP Merit Schools category, at least 20 percent of an entire school’s student body must take Advanced Placement exams and at least half the exams scoring 3 or higher. Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, Pope, Walton and Wheeler met criteria for this category.

AP STEM Schools recognize additional concentration in college-level mathematics and science study; schools must have students testing in at least two AP math courses (such as calculus or statistics) and two AP science courses (such as environmental science or physics). Fifteen Cobb high schools - Allatoona, Campbell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, McEachern, North Cobb, Pebblebrook, Pope, South Cobb, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler -  earned this designation.

Many of those Cobb schools also met criteria for the AP STEM Achievement Schools category, which adds the requirement of having at least 40 percent of exam scores for AP math and AP science with a score of 3 or higher. Campbell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, North Cobb, Pope, Walton and Wheeler are among the honorees.

According to the state Department of Education, Georgia now ranks 11th in the nation in the percentage of 12th graders scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams and 5th in the percentage of seniors who take at least one AP exam during high school. For additional information about the AP Honor Schools program, visit www.gadoe.org.