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Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that both Alcovy High School and Newton High School have been named 2014 Advanced Placement Honor Schools by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge. The 2014 Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of the 2013 AP classes and exams. Those five categories are:

·         AP CHALLENGE SCHOOL: Schools of 900 or fewer students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies)

·         AP ACCESS & SUPPORT SCHOOLS: Schools with at least 30% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

·         AP MERIT SCHOOLS: Schools with at least 20% of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.

·         AP STEM SCHOOLS: Schools with students testing in at least two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)

·         AP STEM ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOLS: Schools with students testing in at least 2 AP math courses and 2 AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher .

Alcovy and Newton were named both a 2014 AP STEM School and a 2014 Access and Support School.

“Over the last several years, our high school leaders and teachers have worked diligently to provide more students with access to Advanced Placement courses; their hard work and dedication has paid off in many ways,” said Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “Students taking Advanced Placement courses are direct beneficiaries of this effort as many colleges and universities translate the success on Advanced Placement exams as college credit, and they are well prepared to participate in the workforce should that be their choice after high school.  These most recent honors further demonstrate our commitment to excellence!”

Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. 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.

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at