Floyd County high schools earn AP Honors

April 17, 2018--8:08 a.m.


All four Floyd County high schools were among a select group of high schools across the state honored by State School Superintendent Richard Woods last week as he announced the 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. All four Floyd County high schools made two of the AP honors lists. Armuchee High, Coosa High, Model High and Pepperell High were all honored as AP Challenge Schools and AP STEM Schools. Armuchee, Model, and Pepperell were also honored as AP STEM Achievement schools.

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

AP Challenge schools are small high schools of fewer than 900 students offering the AP advanced courses in the core subject areas of English, math, science, and social studies.

AP STEM schools have students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses

AP STEM Achievement schools have students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses and at least 40% of exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earn scores of three (3) or higher

"This is wonderful news for our school system as our four high schools stayed on the AP Challenge and AP STEM schools lists and added a school to the AP STEM Achievement list," stated Dr. John Jackson, Floyd County Schools (FCS) Superintendent. “Earning AP honors is a tribute to the commitment of our staff and schools to provide challenging courses for our students that will prepare them for graduation and success in life."

AP Honor Schools are named in six categories based on results of 2017 AP classes and exams. Floyd County Schools is one of the area leaders in AP offerings for students with 18 AP courses available in the four high schools as well as the only public school system in Northwest Georgia to offer AP Capstone.

“AP courses are a great way for students to get ahead of the game and earn free college credit,” stated John Parker, FCS Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. “Online AP classes taught by Floyd County teachers helped to improve the availability of AP classes. It is yet another way for our system to be flexible and best meet the unique needs of our most advanced learners.”

Floyd County high schools have regularly earned AP honors for the last several years. The system made the commitment to be a leader in Advanced Placement courses offered to students with the move to a more extensive offering of advanced courses with the introduction of the system's honors program in the fall of 2002. This advanced program of study for students in Floyd County Schools is among the top college-preparatory programs in Northwest Georgia. The comprehensive, rigorous, advanced program of study is designed to prepare students for the most demanding college or university. The honors program is available at all four Floyd County high schools.

“Each year we have really improved our rigor and expectations for our students and schools. The AP Capstone program has helped build our AP program and each year we seem to have more students enrolling in classes and taking exams which helps them get college credit,” stated McCall Govignon, FCS Director of Advanced Academics and Assessment. “We’ve explored options for all students, whether it be online AP courses or AP/ Dual Enrollment courses. We’ve also expanded to offer some courses at the College and Career Academy, so scheduling conflicts are not an issue.”

The expansion of Advanced Placement class offerings was a major component in raising the level of academic opportunities available to students in Floyd County. Higher level academic opportunities help teens reach the destination of graduation prepared for success at the nation's top colleges and universities.