North Paulding, Hiram and South Paulding high schools were among 462 schools statewide that earned the title which honors schools whose students excel in the college-level classes.
Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT standardized college entrance exam. The classes offer college-level material to students in high school, and those receiving a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.
Brian Otott, associate superintendent of the Paulding County School District, said the county’s AP students in all schools are taking “extremely rigorous” courses.
The honor acknowledges that Paulding schools are working hard to give students opportunities to prepare to succeed at the college level, he said.
“As a district, we’re proud of all our schools. We’re extremely proud these three were chosen to be singled out,” he said.
The 2014 AP Honor Schools were named in five categories, based on the results of 2013 AP classes and exams.
North Paulding and South Paulding were named AP Science Technology Engineering Math schools, which included those with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.
North Paulding also was named an AP STEM achievement school. The category included schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the scores on AP math and AP science exams being 3 or higher.
Hiram High School was named an AP Access and Support school. It was among those with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
“There are so many Georgia schools that have great success with Advanced Placement,” Barge said in a statement.
“I am so pleased to see this success grow to more and more of our schools this year. These achievements can be attributed to the outstanding students and teachers at each of our AP Honor Schools.”