Among 255 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools that State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced on February 6, Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy have been recognized statewide – once again – for high achievement in student success.
Contributing to Georgia’s standing as the 17th-highest Advanced Placement (AP) ranked state in the nation, both high schools (out of 183 schools) have been identified as AP STEM Schools for 2019.
AP STEM Schools are schools with a minimum of five students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.
Additionally, Glynn Academy is one of 94 schools named as an AP STEM Achievement School. AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
“We are proud to offer these types of opportunities and rigorous programs in both our high schools,” said Superintendent Virgil Cole. “However, like so many other successes, this is really recognition that we have students, teachers, and staff that work really hard.”
Superintendent Woods echoed his sentiments.
“I commend the students, teachers, and staff of these 255 schools,” Woods said in a prepared statement.
“Behind this recognition is an enormous amount of hard work, and I congratulate all those who worked to expand access, improve performance, and build strong Advanced Placement programs in each school recognized today.”
The Georgia Department of Education’s annual list is comprised of eight categories based on the results of 2018 AP courses and exams: AP Access and Support Schools, AP Challenge Schools, AP Schools of Distinction, AP Expansion Schools, AP Humanities Schools, AP Humanities Achievement Schools, AP STEM Schools, and AP STEM Achievement Schools.
The Georgia DOE began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This recognition began with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools, AP Challenge Schools, and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015. This year two new categories were added: AP Humanities Achievement and AP Expansion Schools. The AP Merit Schools category was renamed AP Schools of Distinction.