Local schools on state honors list

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox named more than 80 Advanced Placement Honor Schools this afternoon in three categories.

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School was one of only two schools statewide to be recognized in all three categories. The other was DeKalb School of the Arts.

AP Challenge Schools are Davidson, Lincoln County High School and A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School. These are schools with fewer than 900 students that are offering AP classes in all four academic areas.

AP Access & Support Schools are the Academy of Richmond County, Burke County High School, Davidson and Johnson. This recognition went to schools where 30 percent of AP test-takers are black or Hispanic and at least 30 percent of all AP exams score 3 or higher.

Lakeside High School and Davidson were named 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.

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.

Georgia ranks 15th nationally in the percentage of 2008 high school seniors that had at least one AP exam with a score of 3 or more.

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