All six traditional high schools in Cherokee County School District have been recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for students’ AP exam performance as AP Honor Schools. And, Creekview High School and Woodstock High School were given additional honors for overall high participation and performance.

Creekview High School, Etowah High School, River Ridge High School, Sequoyah High School and Woodstock High School were all named AP Humanities Achievement Schools, as well as AP STEM Achievement Schools, the department announced Thursday.

Creekview and Woodstock were each named AP Schools of Distinction. Schools with this honor had at least 20% of the total student population taking AP exams last year and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

For the humanities honor, a school must also be named a AP Humanities School, which has a minimum of five students testing in each of the following AP categories: one English language arts course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. Then, among those schools, those with at least 50% of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of 3 or higher are named a AP Humanities Achievement School.

In the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics category, AP STEM Schools have a minimum of five students testing 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 and AP Computer Science Principles.) Those schools with at least 50% of all AP STEM exams earning scores of 3 or higher were named AP STEM Achievement Schools.

“I commend the students, teachers, and staff of these 255 schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a statement. “Behind this recognition is an enormous amount of hard work, and I congratulate all those who worked to expand access, improve performance, and build strong Advanced Placement programs in each school recognized today.”

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Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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