Earn AP honors
Coosa and Pepperell earn AP honors
Posted on 02/09/2011

Coosa High and Pepperell High were among a select group of high schools in the state to receive AP honors today in a release from the Georgia Department of Education and the College Board. Coosa and Pepperell were both honored as AP Challenge Schools while Coosa High also made the honors list for AP STEM Achievement and AP STEM Schools. “We had a very dedicated, hard-working group of students willing to step out and push themselves to succeed,” said Sam Sprewell, principal of Coosa High last school year and current Chief of Operations for Floyd County Schools. “It takes excellent teachers presenting the subjects, dedicated students committed to excellence and persistent counselors encouraging students to take demanding courses to achieve this type of success.” 

The AP Challenge honor is given to schools with 900 or fewer students offering Advanced Placement Courses in all four core areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The AP STEM Schools designation is given to schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science). The AP STEM Achievement honor is given to schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of three (3) or higher. Advanced Placement classes and exams are administered by the College Board and offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams can receive college credit. Information for the award was based on data from the 2009-2010 school year. 

Floyd County high schools have been regular honorees in the AP awards for the last several years because Floyd County high schools are offering the challenging, advanced academic course work necessary to allow graduates to succeed in college. Floyd County has made the commitment to be a leader in Advanced Placement courses offered to students. The move to a more extensive offering of advanced courses for students in Floyd County Schools began with the introduction of the Honors College Prep Program in the fall of 2002. This advanced program of study for students in Floyd County Schools is among the top college preparatory programs in Northwest Georgia. The comprehensive, rigorous, advanced program of study is designed to prepare students for the most demanding college or university. Honors College Prep is available at all four Floyd County high schools. Students completing this program are “guaranteed” ready for college. The expansion of Advanced Placement class offerings was a major component in raising the level of academic opportunities available to students in Floyd County. “Offering these advanced classes is difficult in small community schools such as ours but our schools are making it happen,” stated George Bevels, chair of the Floyd County Board of Education. “Our board made a commitment to provide the very best educational opportunities for our students a number of years ago and it is paying off for our graduates.” 

The state of Georgia has undertaken many efforts to increase participation in AP programs in recent years to increase the rigor in courses available to students across the state. One initiative is the AP Challenge recognition for schools making the commitment to provide the advanced courses for students. Floyd County Schools was the first system in the state to implement local distance learning classrooms. These hi-tech classrooms allow a teacher in one school to teach students located in all four high schools at one time via video and computer connection. The new technology has opened doors for an increased selection of advanced academic courses at every high school. Instead of a school being able to offer only one foreign language each high school can now offer multiple languages, including Latin. “This state honor underscores the commitment of our community, our board and our schools to provide the very best educational opportunities for the children of Floyd County,” said Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. “We offer the best of both worlds in education with the very best advanced academic offerings available while maintaining our small high schools that afford more personal attention for our children.”