All five of Fayette’s public high schools made Georgia’s 2012 list of AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Schools, with each earning recognition in multiple categories based on the results of AP exams.
AP classes offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit. AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT.
Both Fayette County and Sandy Creek High schools are named as AP Access and Support Schools: schools with 30 percent of AP test takers that are African-American or Hispanic, and at least 30 percent of all AP exams scoring 3 or higher.
McIntosh and Starr’s Mill High schools are listed as AP Merit Schools: schools with at least 20 percent of students taking AP exams, and at least half of the AP exams scoring a 3 or higher.
Fayette County High, McIntosh High, Sandy Creek High, Starr’s Mill High and Whitewater High schools made the list for 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 B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).
Fayette County High, McIntosh High, Sandy Creek High, Starr’s Mill High and Whitewater High schools also are listed in the AP STEM Achievement Schools category: schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams scoring a 3 or higher.
More than 360 high schools throughout the state have been named AP Honor Schools.