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State School Superintendent recognizes Gwinnett AP Honor schools

Several Gwinnett County high schools were honored on Monday by the state Department of Education for their students’ participation and results from 2013 Advanced Placement classes and exams.

The 2014 AP Honor Schools are recognized in five categories: AP Challenge Schools, AP Access and Support Schools, AP Merit Schools, AP STEM Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools.

Overall, the state named 462 Advanced Placement Honor Schools. Last year, 18 traditional schools in Gwinnett and two charter schools were honored along with 424 others throughout the state.

“There are so many Georgia schools that have great success with Advanced Placement,” State School Superintendent John Barge said. “I am so pleased to see this success grow to more and more of our schools this year. These achievements can be attributed to the outstanding students and teachers at each of our AP Honor Schools.”

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

• AP CHALLENGE SCHOOLS, or schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies): Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology.

• AP ACCESS and SUPPORT SCHOOLS, or 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: Archer, Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson, Lanier, Norcross and Shiloh.

• 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: Berkmar, Brookwood, Collins Hill, Duluth, GSMST, Mill Creek, Mountain View, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview and Peachtree Ridge.

• AP STEM SCHOOLS, or 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): Apalachee, Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Buford, Central Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, GSMST, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Mountain View, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge, Shiloh and South Gwinnett.

• AP STEM ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS, or 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: Apalachee, Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Buford, Collins Hill, Duluth, Grayson, GSMST, Lanier, Mill Creek, Mountain View, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview and Peachtree Ridge.