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High schools earn honors for AP classes, test scores

Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High have earned Advance Placement honors from the Georgia Department of Education.
On April 12, State School Superintendent Richard Woods named BI an AP STEM School and Liberty AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement and AP Access and Support school.

AP courses are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia high school students can access college-level classes. Students who earn a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams are often eligible to receive college credit for those courses.

“I am very proud of the dedication and hard work of our AP students and teachers,” Dr. Patti Crane, Liberty County chief academic officer, said. “To achieve a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam is not an easy task, and I commend our students for their commitment to excellence and our teachers and administrators for the parts they play in making these opportunities available for our students.”

AP STEM Schools have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, computer science). STEM Achievement Schools have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on those exams earning scores of 3 or higher. AP Access and Support Schools have at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by African-American and/or Hispanic sstudents, and 30 percent of all exams earning 3 or higher.

“We know the AP program produces strong results,” Woods said. “For example, the graduation rate for students who complete just one AP course is 98 percent. I commend the school leaders who are expanding access for their students, and the students and teachers in each of these schools who continue to pursue high-level learning.”

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