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Gainesville, 6 Hall high schools achieve state honors for AP testing
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Gainesville, Hall schools on AP lists

2017 AP Access and Support Schools

• East Hall High School

• Gainesville High School

• Johnson High School

• West Hall High School

2017 AP STEM Schools

• Chestatee High School

• Flowery Branch High School

• Gainesville High School

• North Hall High School

2017 AP STEM Achievement Schools

• Gainesville High School

2017 AP Humanities Schools

• Chestatee High School

• Flowery Branch High School

• Gainesville High School

• North Hall High School

Gainesville High School placed in four of six Advanced Placement Honor School categories, and all six Hall County school district high schools made the grade in at least one category, the Georgia Department of Education reported Monday.

Local school officials embraced the results as validating their plan to increase participation in rigorous coursework by a diverse student population.

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel said having the system’s lone high school place in four categories is cause for celebration. Creel said the school made the AP Access and Support list of honor schools for the first time.

The Access and Support category honors those schools with at least 30 percent of AP exams taken by African-American and Hispanic students, and with 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

Additionally, Gainesville High made the list of honor schools in the AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), AP STEM Achievement and AP Humanities.

The AP STEM list included schools with students testing in at least two AP math and two AP science courses. The AP STEM Achievement list was for schools with students testing in at least two AP math and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of those exam scores being 3 or higher.

“It shows our teachers are doing an excellent job increasing the rigor and providing more AP classes,” Creel said.

East Hall, Johnson and West Hall high schools also cracked the Access and Support list.

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield was equally proud of seeing all six of his high schools achieving honor status in at least one category, with Chestatee, Flowery Branch and North Hall making the grade in two categories.  

“We know that it is important for students to challenge themselves and take the most rigorous courses available,” Schofield said. “We have spent significant time and resources to dramatically increase these numbers over the past 10 years.”

Chestatee, Flowery Branch and North Hall each made the list of honor Schools in AP STEM and Humanities. The AP Humanities list honored those schools with students testing in AP English language arts, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

“That’s something we’re tremendously proud of and reflects the work teachers and students are doing,” said Kenny Childs, assistant principal at North Hall High.

Dawn Jordan, an assistant principal at Gainesville High, said the strategy of identifying students who have potential for being successful in AP coursework by looking at Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test results is paying off.

“When we pull that information, we send those students a personal letter encouraging them to try an AP course,” Jordan said.

Jordan said the school also expanded its AP options throughout grade levels.

The 2017 AP Honor Schools are named based on the results of 2016 AP courses and exams, according to state education officials. Georgia began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008.

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