Phone: (770) 787-1330 Fax: (770) 784-2950 Email: info@newton.k12.ga.us

News

April 23, 2018


All three Newton County School System (NCSS) high schools—Alcovy, Eastside, and Newton—have been named 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools by Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods. The 2018 Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of the 2017 AP classes and exams. Those 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 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

·         AP MERIT SCHOOLS: Schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent 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 two (2) AP math courses and two (2) AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher.

·         AP Humanities Schools: Schools with student testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one (1) ELA course, two (2) social science courses, one (1) fine arts course and one (1) world language course.

Each NCSS high school earned recognition in multiple categories, as follows:

ALCOVY HIGH

EASTSIDE HIGH

NEWTON HIGH

AP Humanities School

AP Humanities School

AP Humanities School

AP STEM School

AP STEM School

AP STEM School

AP Access and Support School

AP STEM Achievement School

Alcovy High School earned recognition as an AP Humanities, AP STEM, and AP Access and Support School based on their 2017 AP classes and exams.

“I am so proud of the dedication and hard work of our students, faculty, and staff to make this honor possible,” said Dr. Sandra Owens, principal of Alcovy High School. “Our teachers truly love our students and go the extra mile to guide them to excellence. Once provided with this guidance, our students take those opportunities and become successful in their academic endeavors.”

Eastside High School earned recognition as an AP STEM School, AP STEM Achievement School, and an AP Humanities School.

“We are extremely proud of our students who continue to challenge and prepare themselves for success after graduation by taking AP courses,” said Jeff Cher, principal of Eastside High School. “Our staff members work extremely hard to ensure that each of the 20 AP courses offered at EHS are rigorous, worthwhile learning experiences.” 

Newton High School earned recognition as both an AP STEM School and an AP Humanities Schools as a result of their successful AP program in 2017. 

“I am very proud of our AP students and all that they have accomplished,” said Dr. Shannon Buff, principal of Newton High School. “The rigor of the AP program helps to prepare students for college and beyond. I also appreciate the hard work of the teachers who make preparing students for AP exams a priority.”

“Georgia’s schools continue to expand opportunities for their students, including through their AP offerings,” Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We know the AP program produces strong results – for example, the graduation rate for students who complete just one AP course is 98 percent. I commend the school leaders who are expanding access for their students, and the students and teachers in each of these schools who continue to pursue high-level learning.” 

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, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at davis.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

###