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RCPS high schools named 2019 AP Honor Schools
Image says "AP Honor Schools"Conyers, Ga. – Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) high schools – Heritage and Rockdale County – were named 2019 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by State School Superintendent Richard Woods, a distinction RCPS high schools have achieved for more than nine consecutive years.

RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts said, “I commend our AP Honor High Schools for their commitment to expanding AP course offerings and participation across all disciplines while simultaneously increasing AP exam achievement among all students. As a district, we are committed to facilitating optimal student learning, achievement, and growth, in part, by affording more students opportunities to pursue curricular options that challenge and enable them to obtain both high school and college credit for rigorous coursework.”

Heritage High School and Rockdale County High School were recognized in the AP STEM Schools category.

Rockdale County High School was recognized in the AP STEM Achievement category and the AP Humanities category.

Heritage High School and Rockdale County High School were recognized in the AP Access and Support category.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning opportunities to students in high school. Students who earn a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exams may receive college credit. RCPS offers AP courses at every high school, including the Rockdale Career Academy and Rockdale Virtual Campus. Examples of courses include: U.S. History, World History, Economics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, American Literature, World Literature and Art.                                      

Definitions of each category provided by the Georgia Department of Education are:

AP Access and Support Schools – Schools with at least 30 percent of 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 Challenge Schools – Schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).

AP Humanities Schools – Schools with students testing in the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

AP Merit Schools – Schools with at least 20 percent of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 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 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles).

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 scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.