Opinion

March 7, 2013

Award shows strength of Dalton High academics

Dalton residents have long known that the city school system can provide an education comparable to some of the best private schools. But it’s nice when outside groups validate that knowledge.

The College Board, which manages the Advanced Placement exams and curriculum, recently recognized Dalton High School as one of just 424 AP Honors Schools in the state. Dalton High earned top honors in four of the five categories recognized by the College Board:

• 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.

Many colleges will give a student credit for an AP test with a score of 3 or better.

This recognition speaks to the quality of education available at Dalton High School. It also speaks to the hard work and dedication of the school’s students.

We congratulate the faculty and staff and, most of all, the students who earned these honors. We hope that Dalton High remains an AP Honors School for years to come.

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