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High schools earn AP accolades
All five honored by College Board
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Students tackle their homework assignments Thursday during an Advanced Placement math class at West Forsyth High School. All five local high schools have been recognized as 2011 AP Honor Schools. - photo by Autumn McBride

 

All five of Forsyth County's traditional high schools have been recognized as 2011 Advanced Placement Honor Schools.

According to a report from the district, the College Board on Wednesday released the National Advanced Placement, or AP, Report for the class of 2010.

All AP classes and exams are administered by the board.

"A rigorous K-12 curriculum, particularly when including secondary level AP courses, is perhaps the strongest commitment to increasing SAT scores and preparing students for quality post-secondary learning options," said Buster Evans, school superintendent.

"Throughout our district, Advanced Placement has been and continues to be a priority."

Evans went on to say that increasing the number of AP certified teachers, as well as the courses offered and students served, is a good formula for "enhanced rigor and increased student learning."

"I am thrilled to see all of our high schools in Forsyth reflected in these Advanced Placement listings," he said.

Forsyth Central, Lambert and South and West Forsyth high schools were recognized as four of the 38 AP Merit Schools in the state.

Qualifying schools had to have at least 20 percent of students take AP exams and at least half of those score a 3 or higher.

College credit may be given for scores of 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams.

The same schools, along with North Forsyth High, were among the state's 147 AP STEM Schools. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Students at those facilities tested in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.

All five local high schools were also among the state's 80 AP Stem Achievement Schools, which requires that students not only test in at least two AP math and science courses, but that at least 40 percent of them earn scores of 3 or higher.

Central is the home of Forsyth County's STEM Academy, which will open in August to high school students throughout the district.

The school will focus on science and math and students will have opportunities to pursue careers with local business partners.

Principal Rudy Hampton said Central's staff was "extremely thrilled with [the AP] recognition."

"Our teachers have been focused on providing the best AP opportunities for our students," he said.