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CCSD High Schools Earn Top State AP Honors

CCSD High Schools Earn Top State AP Honors

Cherokee County School District’s high schools, for the 14th consecutive year, have earned the state’s top honors for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs and performance, with CCSD earning a record number of awards.

All of CCSD’s high schools this week were named 2024 AP Honor Schools for exceptional student performance and participation on AP exams, which offer students more challenging coursework and the opportunity to earn college credit.  

“One of my goals as your superintendent has been to increase access and opportunities for student academic achievement, and these honors are the testament to the success we’ve achieved together as a community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Thanks to the School Board’s support, we offer more of these challenging college level courses than ever before.  Thanks to our teachers’ instructional excellence, more of our students are taking and passing these courses and exams -- earning both higher knowledge and tuition-free college credit through an academically enriching experience.”

Students who achieve a 3 or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) can qualify for college credit at most State colleges and universities, thereby avoiding college tuition payments for those classes.  CCSD students through AP course credit earn about $4 million a year in Georgia in-state college tuition, assuming each exam equals just one college course.  CCSD high schools offer 33 different AP courses.

Schools can achieve AP Honor School recognition in various categories based on participation and performance.  All six CCSD high schools again earned recognition as AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement Schools, and all six were named both AP Humanities and AP Humanities Achievement Schools — while some have earned the latter two honors in the past, this is the first year for a districtwide sweep.  Five schools – Creekview HS, Etowah HS, River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS and Woodstock HS – additionally earned AP School of Distinction Honors.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the 2024 AP Honor Schools,” State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods said. “I commend them for their hard work to build strong Advanced Placement programs and, as a result, provide high-quality opportunities for Georgia students.  Additionally, I am thrilled that the number of AP Honor Schools and school districts continues to rise each year – a testament to the commitment of Georgia public education to expand opportunities for all Georgia students.”

CCSD AP HONOR SCHOOLS
AP STEM Achievement Schools: All CCSD high schools
Students test in at least four AP STEM courses, and at least 50 percent of scores in those courses are 3 or higher. 

AP STEM Schools: All CCSD high schools
Students test in at least four AP STEM courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles).

AP Humanities Achievement Schools: All CCSD high schools
Students test in at least one English Language Arts course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course; and at least 50 percent of those scores are 3 or higher.  

AP Humanities Schools: All CCSD high schools
Students test in at least one English Language Arts course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.  

AP Schools of Distinction: Creekview HS, Etowah HS, River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS and Woodstock HS 
At least 20 percent of students take AP exams and at least 50 percent of those students earn scores of 3 or higher.  

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