Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is one of only three school systems in Georgia to earn a spot on the Fourth Annual AP District Honor Roll. This is a national list of the 477 systems that have achieved the greatest success in maintaining or improving the rate of students passing the Advanced Placement Exams while increasing student participation.
The AP Program allows high school students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam to earn college credit in high school and, subsequently, to exempt those courses in college. Students who participate in AP courses, studies show, are more likely to earn higher scores on the SAT and ACT and to complete their college education; passage of AP exams places students at an academic and financial advantage, as they can both begin classes in their major sooner and avoid tuition costs for exempted courses.
The College Board’s AP report showed that CCSD’s 2013 AP test passage rate of 76% exceeds both the nation at 57% and the state of Georgia at 54%. Leading this passage rate within the county was Towne Lake’s Woodstock High School at 87% and Etowah High School at 83%, the two highest passage rates recorded in Cherokee county.
Advanced Placement classes are the most challenging courses available to students nationwide and these results show that CCSD students and teachers are not only up to the challenge, but are leading the nation.