The recognition is an increase from the seven that were highlighted last year.
Schools can be recognized by the Georgia Department of Education in five categories: access and support, challenge, merit, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM achievement schools. Henry County Schools’ superintendent Ethan Hildreth said the recognition is a testament to the hard work of the students and teachers alike.
“Henry County Schools is committed to high-level, rigorous learning for all students,” he said. “To this end, we work diligently to increase the number of students who participate successfully in college-level classes.”
All distinctions are used as part of the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation.
Dutchtown, Eagle’s Landing, Luella and Woodland high schools received AP access and support school designation, meaning that each school had 30 percent of its AP exams taken by students self-identified as either Hispanic or African-American.
Union Grove was the sole AP Merit school, which means 20 percent of its students are taking both AP classes and tests with 50 percent of the tests results rendering a 3 score or better.
Additionally, seven of the eight schools were deemed AP STEM schools — Dutchtown, Locust Grove, Luella, Ola, Stockbridge, Union Grove and Woodland high schools.
AP STEM recognition means that all had students taking an AP exam in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.
Henry County Schools was among 167 schools to receive the distinction.
AP STEM Achievement, which has one additional criterion, was awarded to Locust Grove, Luella, Ola and Union Grove and Woodland high schools.
In order to be considered an AP STEM Achievement school, in addition to the criteria for AP STEM, 40 percent of the students taking at least two math and science AP courses had to score a 3 or higher on the AP exam.
Only 106 schools throughout the state received this honor.
Hildreth said the commitment to top-notch education will continue for Henry County Schools going forward.
“Our vision is to help students build bridges to postsecondary pursuits with practical education, including earned college credit, career-tech certifications, work-based learning and other specific achievements,” he said.