Schools earn AP Honors
Floyd County high schools earn AP honors
Posted on 02/18/2010
High schools in Floyd County have taken the first step in improving college preparation for graduates. Floyd County high schools are offering the challenging, advanced academic course work to allow graduates to succeed in college by being a leader in Advanced Placement courses offered to students. Armuchee High School, Coosa High School and Model High School were listed as AP Challenge schools in a release yesterday afternoon from the office of Kathy Cox, state superintendent of schools. The AP 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. Pepperell High School met the criteria for course offerings but had an enrollment of 904 last year to just miss the designation for 2010. Information for the award was based on data from the 2008-2009 school year. 

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. 

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. 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. 

All Floyd County high schools are committed to providing the course offerings necessary to prepare students for success at the post secondary level. “Offering these advanced classes is especially difficult in small community schools such as ours,” stated Teresa Lumsden, chair of the Floyd County Board of Education. “Our board has made a commitment to provide the very best educational opportunities for our students while keeping the community identify of our small local high schools and we are seeing the fruits of that commitment.” The system was the first 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 such as four languages, including Latin, taught at each high school. “This state honor underscores the commitment of our community and our school system to provide the very best educational opportunities for the children of Floyd County,” stated Dr. Lynn Plunkett, superintendent of Floyd County Schools. “We offer the best of both worlds to our children with small personal high schools that feature the advanced academic offerings of much larger schools.”