March 1, 2014

Area schools among AP honors schools

From Staff Reports

— High schools in the Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools and Murray County Schools districts were recently honored among 462 Advanced Placement (AP) honor schools. Schools were honored in five categories.

• An AP Challenge School is a school with 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas, English, math, science and social studies. In Whitfield County, Coahulla Creek High School was included in the 2014 list. Murray County High School was also recognized.

• An AP Access and Support School is a school with at least 30 percent of its AP exams being taken by students who identified themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic, with 30 percent of all AP exams from those students scoring a three or higher. Dalton High School was on the list, and in Whitfield County, Southeast Whitfield High School was recognized.

• An AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School is a school with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. Dalton High was named to the list, and in Whitfield County, Northwest Whitfield High School was recognized.

• An AP STEM achievement school is a school with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exams earning scores of three or higher. Northwest Whitfield was recognized on this list.

“I’m so proud of our students and staff,” said Steve Bartoo, principal of Dalton High, in a press release. “I know the level of commitment and passion that each member of our staff brings to their job every day and it is reflected in the achievements of our students.”