The schools in the Cobb and Marietta districts are among the 367 AP Honor Schools that State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced Tuesday.
* Marietta, McEachern, Pebblebrook, South Cobb and Campbell high schools were selected as AP Access and Support Schools. These are schools where at least 30 percent of AP test takers identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of them scored 3 or higher on the test.
* Pope, Kell, Harrison, Lassiter, North Cobb, Sprayberry and Walton high schools were designated AP Merit Schools. These are schools where at least 20 percent of the student population took AP exams and at least half of those students scored a 3 or higher.
* Pope, Campbell, Kell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, McEachern, North Cobb, Pebblebrook, Osborne, South Cobb, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler high schools were honored as AP STEM Schools. These schools have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.
* Pope, Campbell, Kell, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, North Cobb, Walton and Wheeler high schools earned the AP STEM Achievement Schools designation. Students in these schools took at least two AP math and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of test takers scored a 3 or higher on the AP math and AP science exams.
“Marietta High School offers two high-level coursework options — Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate Program,” said Dr. Emily Lembeck, Marietta City Schools superintendent. “This announcement reflects that challenging AP courses are encouraged and available to all interested MHS students.”
Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa was unavailable for a comment by press time on Tuesday.
AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also gives 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.