Three of the high schools serving southwest Atlanta students have been recognized for achievement in their Advanced Placement programs.
, and were among 367 AP honor schools named across Georgia by State Superintendent John Barge on Tuesday.
The 2012 AP Honor Schools are named in five categories, based on the results of 2011 AP classes and exams.
Mays and Westlake were recognized as AP STEM Schools. That category includes schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, according to state education officials.
Washington was named an AP challenge school. That category recognizes schools of 900 or fewer students with students testing in four of the core areas (English, math, science, and social studies).
Advanced Placement classes and exams are run by the College Board, which also administers the SAT college entrance exam. AP classes offer a college-level curriculum to high school students. Students who perform well on AP exams can earn college credit for the courses.
"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said in a statement. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."