Dalton High School has been named to the list of 424 AP (Advanced Placement) Honors Schools in Georgia for 2013.
Georgia School Superintendent John Barge released the list of Georgia schools receiving honors in his review of the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation. Dalton High was recognized in four of the five categories: AP Merit School, AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School, AP STEM Achievement School and AP Access and Support School.
“Dalton High is proud to be recognized as an AP Honors School,” said Debbie Freeman, principal of Dalton High School. “These honors are a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students to achieve academic excellence. Our teachers strive to provide a rigorous curriculum and continuously improve our academic program to meet the needs of our students. This recognition is validation that our students are achieving more at higher levels and are well prepared for continuing their education at the college level.”
Dalton High offers up to 15 Advanced Placement programs. Last year, 41 percent of Dalton’s students took at least one advanced studies class through either the International Baccalaureate (IB) or AP program, and the school gave almost 400 IB or AP exams.
“I want to congratulate the staff and students at Dalton High on being recognized in four categories as an AP Honors School,” said Jim Hawkins, city schools superintendent. “These awards are evidence of the high quality academic program and commitment to excellence at Dalton High.”
• AP Merit Schools: Schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
• AP STEM Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.
• AP STEM Achievement Schools: Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
• AP Access and Support Schools: Schools with at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.