2014 Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of the 2013 AP classes and exams. Those categories include:
AP Challenge School:
Schools of 900 or fewer students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies)
AP Access and Support Schools:
Schools with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
AP Merit Schools:
Schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher.
AP STEM Schools:
Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)
AP STEM Achievement Schools:
Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three or higher.
Alcovy and Newton High Schools have been named 2014 Advanced Placement Honor Schools.
The announcement came Monday in a release from the Newton County School System. Alcovy and Newton were named both 2014 AP STEM Schools and 2014 Access and Support Schools by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge.
Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.
"Over the last several years, our high school leaders and teachers have worked diligently to provide more students with access to Advanced Placement courses; their hard work and dedication has paid off in many ways," said Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey.
"Students taking Advanced Placement courses are direct beneficiaries of this effort as many colleges and universities translate the success on Advanced Placement exams as college credit, and they are well-prepared to participate in the workforce should that be their choice after high school. These most recent honors further demonstrate our commitment to excellence.