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Each year, high school students who are enrolled in advanced placement classes are eligible to take advanced placement tests administered by the College Board to earn college credit(s). Schools in and around the Buford area typically perform much higher than the national and state averages and even in the midst of a pandemic, this remains true.

The College Board has decided to offer the traditional in-person advanced placement test or a test that can be done at home virtually this year.

Buford High School principal Teresa Hagelthorn discussed the upcoming advanced placement tests at a recent Buford Board of Education meeting. 

“We have 559 students who will be taking a total of 1076 AP exams beginning on May 3,” she said. “The College Board did provide a digital option for this year’s exams, however, 91 percent of our students opted to take the in-person/traditional version of the exam. Only 9 percent opted for the at-home/digital version of the exam.”

Below are the 2020 advanced placement results from schools in the area.

AP Access and Support Schools — At least 30 percent of AP exams taken by students who identify themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

• Lanier High School

• Mountain View

AP Schools of Distinction — At least 20 percent of school’s population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

• Buford High School

• Flowery Branch High School

• Lanier High School

• Mill Creek High School

• Mountain View High School

• North Gwinnett High School

AP Humanities Schools — A minimum of five students testing in each of the following AP categories: one ELA course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

• Buford High School

• Flowery Branch High School

• Mill Creek High School

• Mountain View High School

• North Gwinnett High School

AP Humanities Achievement Schools — AP Humanities schools (see above definition) with at least 50 percent of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of three or higher.

• Buford High School

• Flowery Branch High School

• Mill Creek High School

• Mountain View High School

• North Gwinnett High School

AP STEM Schools — A minimum of five students testing in at least four AP STEM courses.

• Buford High School

• Flowery Branch High School

• Lanier High School

• Mill Creek High School

• Mountain View High School

• North Gwinnett High School

AP STEM Achievement Schools — AP STEM schools (see above definition) with at least 50 percent of all AP STEM exams earning scores of 3 or higher​.

• Buford High School

• Flowery Branch High School

• Lanier High School

• Mill Creek High School

• Mountain View High School

• North Gwinnett High School

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