By Doug Gross (Patch Staff) - March 1, 2017
DOUGLASVILLE, GA — All five public high schools in Douglas County have been named 2017 Advanced Placement STEM Schools by the Georgia Department of Education.
Schools on this list have students who test in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. There were 204 high schools in Georgia named AP STEM Schools.
Also, Alexander High School and Chapel Hill High School were named 2017 AP Humanities Schools. To earn this distinction, schools must have students testing in the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course. There were 149 high schools in Georgia named 2017 AP Humanities Schools.
"In addition to increasing the number of students taking AP courses, Douglas County is focused on increasing the number of students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams," said Pam Nail, chief academic officer for the Douglas County School System. "We were happy to see an 11 percentage point increase in the number of students scoring in this range from 2015 to 2016."
Scores of 3 and higher are accepted as college credit by most colleges.
"We are proud to have students not only taking these challenging courses but also taking the strenuous AP tests at the end of the school year," said Superintendent Gordon Pritz. "We are also proud that Lithia Springs High School has taken STEM to the next level by recently earning the internationally recognized STEM certification by AdvancED. Lithia is the only high school in Georgia with both state and national STEM certification."