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Forsyth County high school students took a record number of AP exams in 2019
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Forsyth County Schools was recognized as one of the top school districts in the country for increasing or maintaining student performance on AP exams.

FCS was one of 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada, and one of only five in Georgia, placed on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board, according to a press release.

To be included, FCS had to increase the number of students participating in AP courses since 2017 while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

AP courses are college-level courses offered in high school that reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses. Students take AP exams at the end of the course to measure their mastery of college-level work.

A score of 3 or higher on an AP exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.

FCS students took 11,671 total AP exams in 2019, according to the school district, an increase of 5.6% from the previous year.

Almost 80% of FCS students who took an AP exam scored a 3 or higher, led by Lambert High School (83%), West Forsyth (81%), Alliance Academy for Innovation (79%), Denmark (78%), South Forsyth (78%), Forsyth Central (71%) and North Forsyth (63%).

Overall, students averaged a score of 3.46 on AP exams in 2019.

FCS has seen its enrollment in AP courses skyrocket in the last decade, according to school district data. Enrollment in AP courses reached 14,814 during the 2019-20 school year, up from 3,721 in 2009-10.

“With more students participating and succeeding in AP in this district, more students are getting a head start on college by earning college credit during high school,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board, in a statement.