Carrollton High School’s STEM initiative and the school’s focus on increasing Advanced Placement offerings and student participation have earned CHS state recognition as an AP Honor School in two categories.
The state Department of Education, following the College Board’s Feb. 9 release of AP exam performance results for the Class of 2010, recognized Georgia high schools for exceptional performance in several AP categories. Two of the categories highlight schools with STEM, a curriculum focus in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Carrollton High School was recognized for offering several AP courses in these subject areas and for student performance on the course exams taken at the end of the year.
To qualify as an AP STEM Honor School, a school must have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. To be named an AP STEM Achievement Honor School, 40 percent of these students must score three or higher on the course exams. Carrollton High School qualified for both honors.
“This recognition is a tribute to our students as well as our teachers,” said Dr. Mark Albertus, CHS principal. “The AP students opt to take more rigorous, time-consuming courses that will prepare them college and beyond, while the AP teachers consistently show they not only care about their students, but push them to reach their full potential.”
Dr. Kent Edwards, superintendent of Carrollton City Schools, not only commended CHS for the achievement, but placed credit on the lower schools as well.
“We should be extremely proud as a school system for this notable accomplishment,” said Edwards. “While it is obvious high school students are the ones who take Advanced Placement courses, it cannot be done without system-wide effort and support. In order to adequately equip students to succeed in AP programs, a rigorous curriculum must be in place at all grade levels throughout the system.”
The DOE report shows that roughly 30 percent of high schools in the state qualified for the STEM Honor School recognition, but only 80 high schools, including CHS, earned the STEM Achievement status, representing about 15 percent of high schools statewide.
“This honor reinforces that the AP program at Carrollton High School is in direct alignment with the emphasis being placed on STEM initiatives by President Obama and the State of Georgia,” said Edwards. “It also separates our school system from the majority of other school systems in our state. Not only have we afforded our students with a unique opportunity to study at the highest of levels, they have performed at the highest of levels as evidenced by this designated distinction. Along with Dr. Albertus and his staff, I commend everyone in our school system for their contributions.”
Carrollton High School offers a total of 14 Advanced Placement courses, including the courses recognized for the STEM focus: Statistics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Other AP courses that are available are Government, Economics, U.S. History, Spanish, French, Language, Literature and Art. Next school year AP World History will be added, bringing the total offerings to 15.