Thomson High Recognized for Advanced Placement Offerings

            Thomson High School was recently awarded two separate honors for its Advanced Placement offerings. The Georgia Department of Education named THS as a 2024 AP Honor School. Also, the College Board named THS as a recipient of the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

            THS is one of 276 Georgia high schools to earn the 2024 AP Honor School distinction and was recognized as an AP Access and Support School. Schools earning this award have at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identify as African-American and/or Hispanic, with a minimum of at least 16 students participating, and also have at least 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher, with a minimum of 25 exams administered.

            AP exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. According to the GaDOE, AP courses are one of several ways students can access college-level learning at the high school level. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit.

            “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the 2024 AP Honor Schools,” said Georgia Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods. “I commend them for their hard work to build strong Advanced Placement programs and, as a result, provide high-quality opportunities for Georgia students. Additionally, I am thrilled that the number of AP Honor Schools and school districts continues to rise each year – a testament to the commitment of Georgia public education to expand opportunities for all Georgia students.”

            District and THS staff are also celebrating the Computer Science Female Diversity Award given for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with this award have expanded female students’ access in AP computer science courses. THS was one of 834 schools across the nation to receive this recognition.

            “Kudos to our teacher, Mr. Albert Gunby, for his steadfast leadership in the classroom, and to our counselors, Mrs. Morey, Mrs. Grant, and Mr. Short for their skilled, meticulous, and purposeful efforts to establish individualized schedules for all students,” said Dr. Steve Rhodes, Thomson High’s Career Technical Agricultural Education Director.