Fannin County High School (FCHS) administered 82 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in the spring of 2014. AP courses provide students the opportunity to dig deeper into subject knowledge and improve writing and study skills while possibly earning college credit in high school. Research consistently shows that students who are successful in AP courses typically experience greater academic success in college than similar students who do not participate in AP.
While each individual college or university determines the scores they will accept to award credit, a passing score for an AP exam is considered to be a three or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest). FCHS students typically do well in these courses and on these exams due to their commitment to education along with the quality of teachers at FCHS. This year FCHS students truly excelled as they obtained an overall pass rate (score of 3 or better) of 71%. This far exceeds the Georgia AP Pass Rate of 56% and the Global Pass Rate of 61%.
In Calculus, there were five students who received perfect scores of 5 with the class average being 3.86 whereas the state average was 2.66 and the global average was 2.94.
In English Literature there were three students who received perfect scores of 5 with the class average being 3.40 whereas the state average was 2.61 and the global average was 2.76.
In English Language there were nine out of 14 students who received passing scores with the class average being 2.93 whereas the state average was 2.73 and the global average was 2.79.
Micro-economics had the highest class passing rate with 82% of the students receiving a score of 3 or better whereas the state passing rate was 62% and the global passing rate was 66%.
World History had the biggest improvement in a subject area with class passing rate of 66% whereas the state and global pass rates were both 55%
All students taking AP classes are to be commended for their dedication as these courses are college level courses and require advanced study habits in order to meet the challenge and be successful. The AP Teachers are to be commended as well as they are required to attend summer institutes to receive specific training above and beyond the regular certification.
Eight students were recognized by College Board for excelling in AP courses throughout their high school careers.
Jace Armstrong, Kiara Collins, Arthur Hubbard, and Megan Little were granted the status of “AP Scholars.” This is achieved by scoring 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
Hope Cochran was granted the status “AP Scholar With Honor” which is achieved by receiving an average score of 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Mason Buchanan, Skyler Martin, and Grace Walker received the highest status, “AP Scholars With Distinction” by receiving an average score of 3.5 on all exams taken, and scoring 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
In an effort to recognize outstanding academic achievement, the FCHS Booster Club purchased AP plaques for the school and created a Wall of Fame. All students who received scores of 3, 4, or 5 have their names on plaques as well as those who were named AP Scholars. These plaques have been placed in the hall of the main building for everyone to see when they visit the school. Shown viewing their names on the new plaques are junior students Carly Hellerstedt and Alex Chastain who were enrolled in AP World History last year.