On February 6, State School Superintendent Richard Woods named 255 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2020. Both Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School received the highest accolades for Advanced Placement. They were both recognized as AP Humanities Schools, AP Humanities Achievement Schools, and AP STEM Schools.
AP Humanities Schools have a minimum of five students testing in each of the following AP categories: one ELA course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
AP Humanities Achievement Schools are AP Humanities schools with at least 50% of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
AP STEM Schools have a minimum of five students testing in at least four AP STEM courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles).
The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008 with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools, AP Challenge Schools, and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015. This year two new categories were added: AP Humanities Achievement and AP Expansion Schools.