Four North and West Cobb-area high schools this week were named 2013 Georgia Advanced Placement Honor Schools.
Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb were designated AP Merit Schools because at least 20 percent of the student body at each school took AP exams and at least half of all AP exams received scores of at least a three.
Students can earn college credit with scores of three or higher on AP subject tests. A five is the highest possible score.
Additionally, Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb were named AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools.
AP STEM Schools have students who tested in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses. At least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and science exams were at least a three at AP STEM Achievement Schools.
Allatoona High in Acworth also received AP STEM School honors.
In all, 15 Cobb County high schools received a state AP Honor Schools designation.
"These recognitions affirm the district’s decade-long focus on expanding access to challenging Advanced Placement courses," Cobb County School District spokesman Jay Dillon wrote in a news release.