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Class Notes: County, city high schools on Advanced Placement honor list
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Area schools are on the list of 2014 Advanced Placement Honor Schools announced by the Georgia Department of Education.

“There are so many Georgia schools that have great success with Advanced Placement,” Georgia School Superintendent John Barge said in a news release. “I am so pleased to see this success grow to more and more of our schools this year.”

AP STEM SCHOOLS: Chestatee, Flowery Branch, North Hall and Gainesville high schools are in this category of schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.

AP STEM ACHIEVEMENT: Gainesville High School was named in this category of students testing in two AP math courses and two AP science courses, with at least 40 percent of the exam scores being at least 3 on a 5-point scale.

AP ACCESS AND SUPPORT: Johnson High School was named for at least 30 percent of AP exams taken by students identifying themselves as African-American or Hispanic, and at least 30 percent of all exam scores being 3 or higher.

Advanced Placement exams are administered by the College Board. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit for that course.

Gainesville opens window for students to test out

Gainesville’s middle and high school students have a couple of days coming up when they can attempt to test out of certain classes.

Students can take End of Course Tests on March 12-13 if they want to opt out of a certain class next school year.

To receive the course credit, students must reach the performance level of “exceeds” on an EOCT before taking that specific course. They have only one testing opportunity per class, and have to have earned a grade of B or better in the same content-area course before the class they’re attempting to skip.

Additionally, students must get both a teacher recommendation and parental permission before they can bypass the class.

While students taking an EOCT after completing the course are not financially responsible, students wanting to take the test to skip the class will be asked to pay $50 per test.

It’s reimbursable if the student meets the “exceeds” level.

Also, course credit earned by the testing-out policy won’t be used to calculate grade-point average for the HOPE scholarship.

Carly Sharec covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her: