4 Atlanta schools among 2012 AP Challenge Schools | Schools
ATLANTA -- Four Atlanta high schools are among the 2012 AP Challenge Schools.
The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where students take Advanced Placement exams in the four core areas: English, math, science and social studies. To become an AP Challenge School, a school must have fewer than 900 students.
Atlanta's AP Challenge Schools are Carver School of the Arts, Maynard Holbrook Jackson High, the School of Technology at Therrell and TECH High.
The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.
"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."
AP exams offer high school students a chance to earn early college credit. Tests receive scores of 1-5; those that earn a 3 or higher may receive college credit.