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Local schools make AP Honors list

SUWANEE -- According to a statement released by the state's school superintendent, all 18 of the district's traditional high schools, Buford High School and two Gwinnett charter learning institutions were recently named as AP Honor Schools by the College Board.

The local schools were among 424 others from throughout the state honored by the Georgia Department of Education.

"We are proud of the work our teachers do every day as they challenge and guide students to tackle more rigorous coursework," said Gale Hey, Gwinnett's associate superintendent for teaching and learning.

Hey said that in the previous year, 12,205 GCPS high school students took 23,468 AP exams. Fifty-nine percent of the students scored a three or higher on the tests.

"Today's announcement reinforces this success and serves as a reminder of the good job our schools are doing in preparing students for college and the future," Hey said.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes offer rigorous college-level options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.

Several schools were recognized in more than one category. Berkmar High and Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology made the list in four of the five categories. In addition, Gwinnett's newest charter school, Gwinnett Online Campus, made the list and qualified for the honor.

The schools recognized were grouped into five categories: AP Access and Support Schools; AP Challenge Schools; AP Merit Schools; AP STEM Schools; and AP STEM Achievement Schools.

Those recognized as AP Access and Support Schools had 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: Archer High; Berkmar High; Central Gwinnett High; Dacula High; Gwinnett Online Campus; Lanier High; Norcross High; and Shiloh High.

Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology was named an AP Challenge Schools. The category recognizes schools with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science and social studies).

AP Merit Schools, or 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: Buford High School; Berkmar High; Brookwood High; Duluth High; Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology; Mill Creek High; Mountain View High; North Gwinnett High; Parkview High; and Peachtree Ridge High.

AP STEM Schools: schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, included: Archer High; Berkmar High; Buford High; Brookwood High; Central Gwinnett High; Collins Hill High; Dacula High; Duluth High; Grayson High; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, & Technology; Lanier High; Meadowcreek High; Mill Creek High; Mountain View High; Norcross High; North Gwinnett High; Parkview High; Peachtree Ridge High; Shiloh High; and South Gwinnett High.

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, included Archer High; Berkmar High; Brookwood High; Buford High; Central Gwinnett High; Collins Hill High; Dacula High; Duluth High; Grayson High; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Mill Creek High; Mountain View High; Norcross High; North Gwinnett High; Parkview High; and Peachtree Ridge High.

According to its website, the College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.