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Henry County Schools on 2023 AP School Honor Roll with 251 AP Scholars for 2022-2023 School Year

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Henry County Schools (HCS) is proud to announce that five high schools were recognized on the 2023 AP School Honor Roll and a total of 251 students qualified for prestigious AP Scholar Awards during the 2022-2023 school year.

These awards recognize outstanding high schools and students who perform exceptionally in Advanced Placement courses.

The College Board announced the AP School Honor Roll earlier this semester, and five HCS schools earned awards based on four levels of distinction – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – in three categories – College Culture, College Credit, and College Optimization.

Luella High School, Ola High School (OHS), and Union Grove High School received Silver awards for College Optimization with 5% or more of each school’s graduating cohort taking five or more AP Exams during high school.

Eagle’s Landing High and Locust Grove High earned Bronze awards in the College Optimization category with 2% or more of each school’s graduating cohort taking five or more AP Exams during high school.

OHS also received a Bronze award for College Culture, with 40% or more of the graduating class taking at least one AP exam during high school, and Bronze for College Credit, with 25% or more scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during high school.

By virtue or receiving at least a Bronze award in all three categories, OHS was recognized as a 2023 AP Scholar Honor Roll recipient at the Bronze level.

AP coursework offers college-level content and prepares students for the rigor of higher education. Students receiving AP Scholar Awards excelled in their AP exams with scores of 3 or higher (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest). The scores also factor combined performance on multiple assessments.

AP Scholar Award recipients fall into five categories:

  • AP Scholars receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. A total of 146 HCS students received this award.
  • AP Scholars with Honor have average scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Thirty-nine HCS students received this award.
  • AP Scholars with Distinction have an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. Fifty-nine HCS students received this award.
  • The AP Seminar and Research Certificate is granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research. Five HCS students received this award.
  • The AP Capstone Diploma is presented to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP exams. Two HCS students received this award.

“The Board of Education facilitated access to advanced coursework with a targeted expenditure of $589,408.90 in textbooks for every AP course for which a book exists. This is the largest investment the Board has made in AP course material,” said Chief Learning and Performance Officer Termerion McCrary.

HCS saw an increase in the number of awardees in 2023 with meaningful gains in the following areas: 

  • The total number of students taking tests increased in 10 schools, with a district average increase of 24%.
  • The total exams taken increased in eight schools, with a district average increase of 25%.
  • 50% of schools had an increase in the percentage of students who earned college credit on the AP exam.
  • Grades 10-12 had increases in the number of students scoring 3 or higher on at least one AP exam. 
  • The overall percentage of core AP course exams that earned credit remained steady at 53.8%.

“Henry County Schools strives to provide opportunities for students to excel academically,” McCrary added. “The AP program is essential to this goal as it challenges students and equips them with valuable skills that will serve them well in their academic and professional endeavors.”

Union Grove High School led the way with 74 awards. Ola High School and Woodland High School rounded out the top three with 67 and 31 awards, respectively. Awardees who have not yet graduated can take more college-level courses and exams to be eligible for additional awards next year.

“AP Scholar Award recipients not only demonstrated their academic aptitude, but they also earned college credit, boosted their credentials for their college transcripts, and set an example for their peers,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis. “The success of our students reflects the Board of Education’s investment in advanced coursework and improvements in opportunities, access, and outcomes across the district.”

About Henry County Schools

Henry County Schools (HCS) is the eighth-largest school district in Georgia, consisting of 52 schools, including two academies, located about 20 minutes south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Over the past 20 years, our community has grown in population from 113,000 residents to over 244,000 residents. Since 1999, student enrollment has grown from 21,000 students to 43,000 students, and our number of employees has grown from 3,000 to 6,000.

HCS is “In Pursuit of Exceptional,” taking action to advance opportunities, access, and outcomes so that every student in our school district has Exceptional Support, Exceptional Access, and an Exceptional Future. In 2020, our Board of Education adopted our 2021-2026 Community-Inspired Strategic Plan and laid out a clear vision and mission for Henry County Schools. Our vision is to ensure a high-quality, world-class education for every student, and our mission is to empower all students with exceptional opportunities and access that lead to success in a global society.

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