RCHS Named AP Honor School
Posted on 02/12/2019

Conyers, Ga. – Rockdale County High School was named a 2019 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor School by State School Superintendent Richard Woods, a distinction RCPS high schools have achieved for more than nine consecutive years. Rockdale County High School has received recognition for outstanding work in several AP courses for several years running, and this year was no different.

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.”

Rockdale County High School was recognized in the AP STEM Schools category, the AP STEM Achievement category, the AP Humanities category, and 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. Examples of courses include: U.S. History, World History, Economics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, American Literature, World Literature and Art.

Definitions of each recognized 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 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 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.