VHS is part of an AP program in Georgia that is earning accolades: Georgia is 13th in the nation for the percentage of students earning the highest AP exam scores (3, 4, and 5) and tied for third in the nation in one-year percentage point growth in the percentage of public school graduates scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on at least one of the exams.
AP courses and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning opportunities while in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams are often eligible to receive college credit.
“Through the AP program, these schools are personalizing learning and expanding the opportunities available for their students,” Superintendent Woods said. “This honor is a credit to the hard work of many dedicated educators here in our state, and I offer my congratulations to the teachers and students at each of these schools – and my gratitude for their hard work and dedication.”
“VHS is proud to be one of the only 49 schools to receive the honor of AP Access and Support School and one of the 125 AP Humanities Schools in the state of Georgia. Our faculty works tirelessly to provide quality instruction for our students. I am proud of our students for engaging and excelling,” said Dr. Janice Richardson, principal of VHS.
An AP Access and Support School is a school with at least 30% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. An AP Humanities school is a school with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. The recognition began with the first three categories listed below; the AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011 and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015.