Alcovy named state AP Honor School

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Department of Education announced this week that Alcovy High School is an AP Honor School this year.

State Superintendent of Schools John Barge named Alcovy High an AP Access and Support School, meaning that at least 30 percent of the AP exams were taken by students who identified themselves as AfricanAmerican and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earned scores of 3 or higher last year.

"Our Advanced Placement teachers work extremely hard to ensure that as many students as possible have access to the AP curriculum," said school Principal LaQuanda Carpenter in a press release. "Furthermore, the administrators and the AP teachers have worked tirelessly over the last year to revamp our AP program by ensuring that more students have the opportunity to take advantage of and are exposed to AP courses."

The school was one of 41 high schools in the state to earn the state recognition in the category.

"(It is) a compliment to the students, staff and administration of AHS. We certainly want to see this replicated going forward," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews. "In light of upcoming new accountability measures in Georgia, which will focus on 'college and career readiness,' this is really good news. While we have a ways yet to go, this keeps us on the right track."

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.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said in a press release. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

Other state Honor Schools were named in four other categories based on 2011 AP courses and exams:

-- AP Challenge Schools: Schools of 900 or fewer students testing in four of the core areas, English, math, science and social studies

-- 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 2 AP math courses and 2 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.