Dawson County High School was named both an AP Merit School and an AP STEM School for 2019 when State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced the 230 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2019 Feb. 8.
AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college level learning at the high school level. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit.
The 2019 AP Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2018 AP courses and exams.
Dawson County High School met the requirements to be named an AP Merit School, 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.
The school was also named an AP STEM School, with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This recognition began with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools, AP Challenge Schools and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015.