News Release: Valdosta City Schools
On February 24, 2014, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced 462 schools, including Valdosta High School, as Advanced Placement Honor Schools.
The 2014 AP Honor Schools are named in five categories; AP Challenge Schools, AP Access and Support Schools, AP Merit Schools, AP STEM schools, and AP STEM Achievement Schools, based on the results of the 2013 AP classes and exams.
Out of the five categories Valdosta High School is identified as a 2013 AP Honor School in the area of AP Access and Support as well as an AP STEM school.
“I am very proud of our school's accomplishments. There is more than one person involved with the school’s success. The entire staff works very hard to encourage our students to take rigorous courses and they provide quality instruction everyday. Our students are taking ownership of their educational success,” says the principal of Valdosta High School, Dr. Janice Richardson.
As an AP Access and Support School, VHS is recognized as a school with at least 30% of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earn scores of 3 or higher.
VHS students tested in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses to qualify as an AP STEM school. These courses consist of AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and AP Computer Science.
Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers 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.
"There are so many Georgia schools that have great success with Advanced Placement," Superintendent Barge said. "I am so pleased to see this success grow to more and more of our schools this year. These achievements can be attributed to the outstanding students and teachers at each of our AP Honor Schools."