Academic Performance, AP Advanced Placement On Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, Houston County students typically perform at or above the global, state and southern region average scores. AP is an international program of college level courses and exams for secondary students. Participating students who earn a qualifying exam score may receive college credit at the same time they are earning high school credit. Each May students have the option of taking an AP exam after completing college-level courses at their high school. Houston County students are encouraged to enroll in AP classes for the rigor and challenge, the chance to take college courses early, and the opportunity to take AP exams with the possibility or earning college credit. The College Board currently offers 34 AP courses. Among Houston Countyâ€™s five high schools, over 25 AP courses are being offered during the 2013-14 school year. Houston County issued 1,250 AP exams in May 2013. Exams with a qualifying score of 3, 4, or 5 totaled 835, saving parents an estimated $2,000,000 in college tuition. Houston County students scored a mean score of 3.00, higher than Georgia at 2.79; the U.S. mean at 2.89; and the global average of 2.91.
Accreditation In 2009, the Houston County School System was granted District Accreditation by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal. This means that the system and all 38 schools are accredited, and that Houston County is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The districtâ€™s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term. District Accreditation provides Houston County a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system overall, as well as all schools within our district. It demonstrates our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve. District Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners.