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DCHS named AP honor school
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State School Superintendent Richard Woods has named 685 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2018, and Dawson County High School is one of them.

“Georgia’s schools continue to expand opportunities for their students, including through their AP offerings,” Superintendent Woods said in an April 12 press release. “We know the AP program produces strong results – for example, the graduation rate for students who complete just one AP course is 98 percent. I commend the school leaders who are expanding access for their students, and the students and teachers in each of these schools who continue to pursue high-level learning.”

Dawson County High School was one of the 213 schools in the state of Georgia named an AP STEM School and one of the 146 schools named an AP STEM Achievement School.

In order to be named an AP STEM School, the school must have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. To be named an AP STEM Achievement School, the school must have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of exam scores on AP math and science exams earn scores of three or higher.

“I commend our leaders at DCHS for making Advanced Placement opportunities an option for our students and congratulate the hard-working teachers and students on their accomplishments,” said Dawson County Schools Superintendent Damon Gibbs.

Georgia saw a 14 percent increase in the amount of AP STEM Achievement Schools in 2018.

AP exams are administered by the College Board, who also administers the SAT, and are a way Georgia high school students can earn college credit. Students who receive a three, four or five on an AP exam may receive college credit.

The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. Georgia is currently ranked 12th in the nation for AP participation and 15th in the nation for the percentage of students scoring three, four or five on at least one AP exam during high school.