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Alpharetta Schools Honored for AP Achievement

High schools in Alpharetta and Milton named 'AP Honor Schools.'

More than half of Fulton County’s high schools – including Alpharetta and Milton high schools – have been named “AP Honor Schools” and leaders in offering students the most challenging curricula available.

The College Board, the organization in charge of Advanced Placement and the SAT, on Wednesday named 13 Fulton high schools to its annual list of high-performing high schools. 

The 2013 awards are based on the Class of 2012’s testing results and are grouped into five categories: AP Merit Schools, AP STEM Schools, AP STEM Achievement Schools, AP Challenge Schools, and AP Access and Support Schools. 

“Having such a high number of schools named AP Honor Schools is extraordinary,” said Fulton Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa. “Two of our district’s strategic goals focus on college preparation and work readiness, and these awards show that our students are on the right path for success after high school. It’s particularly encouraging to see our schools advance in STEM achievement, which is the concentration area of many future jobs.” 

AP Merit Schools

Nine Fulton schools - including Alpharetta and Milton – received recognition as AP Merit Schools, the most of any school system in Georgia. The AP Merit distinction recognizes those with at least 20 percent of students taking AP exams and with at least half of those exams receiving a score of 3 or higher. Each of the schools has received this distinction for six consecutive years except Johns Creek High School, which was has received the honor for a second year since its opening.

  • Alpharetta High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Chattahoochee High School
  • Johns Creek High School
  • Milton High School
  • North Springs Charter High School
  • Northview High School
  • Riverwood International Charter School
  • Roswell High School

AP STEM Schools

All nine schools named as AP Merit Schools also were named AP STEM Schools, a category that recognizes schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. 

  • Alpharetta High School
  • Banneker High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Chattahoochee High School
  • Johns Creek High School
  • Langston Hughes High School
  • Milton High School
  • North Springs Charter High School
  • Northview High School
  • Riverwood International Charter School
  • Roswell High School
  • Westlake High School

AP STEM Achievement Schools

AP STEM Achievement Schools go beyond the AP STEM Schools category to recognize schools that have at least 40 percent of math and science test-takers earning scores of 3 or higher. In Fulton, nine received the distinction.

  • Alpharetta High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Chattahoochee High School
  • Johns Creek High School
  • Milton High School
  • North Springs Charter High School
  • Northview High School
  • Riverwood International Charter School
  • Roswell High School

AP Challenge Schools

Fulton Science Academy High School was the only school in Fulton County to be named an AP Challenge School, a distinction that recognizes schools with fewer than 900 students offering AP classes in core content areas.

About Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. The College Board administers AP exams each spring, with scores ranging from 1 to 5. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams are eligible to receive college credit or may be exempt from some introductory college courses.

After state funding was cut for 2011, Fulton now funds all AP examination costs not provided through state or federal funds. Funding this initiative ensures that all students have the opportunity to test their college-level knowledge and possibly earn college course credit.

Debbie Gibson February 27, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Alpharetta citizens should be very proud of their local schools. Congratulations!

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