The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. Thomasville High School has been named as an AP Honor School for nine consecutive years in at least 2 categories each year from 2008 to 2016.
Thomasville City Schools Scholars Academy offers the following AP courses: Art History, Studio Art, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Environmental Science, Latin, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History, and Spanish Language and Culture. Students are awarded annually as AP Scholars for their individual performance on AP Exams. The College Board proclaimed 54 Scholars Academy students as AP Scholars in 2015. Currently Thomasville City Schools employs 12 teachers who teach the AP offerings. Scholars Academy students may begin taking AP classes as early as ninth grade to afford students the opportunity to take as many as possible before graduation.
AP Honor School recognition began with the AP Challenge, AP Access and Support, and AP Merit categories; AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015. The 2016 AP Honor Schools are based on the results of 2015 AP courses and exams.
AP Challenge Schools have enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies)
AP Access and Support Schools have at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African American and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
AP Merit Schools have at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
AP STEM Schools have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AB Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science).
AP STEM Achievement Schools have students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
AP Humanities Schools have students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.
AP courses and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning opportunities. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.