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April 12--  The Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday that Vidalia High School is one of 56  schools in the state to earn the designation as an Advanced Placement Honor School.

School Principal John Sharpe says being named an Advanced Placement Challenge School means students who take the courses will be better prepared for college academics.

"It is very, very difficult and students who can pass advanced placement exams are going on from Vidalia High school and doing well at whatever university they go to.

"It means we're giving kids the opportunity to take the most challenging curriculum.  Advanced placement is recognized nationally as being the most rigorous curriculum that kids can take in high school.  Teachers have to be trained to teach these classes and at the end of the year students are given a national test and if they score high enough they can receive college credit.

"We offer all four content areas.  In English students can take literature and language, they have a change to take calculus in math, they can take physics or chemistry in science and in social studies they can take European history and U.S. history," he said.

Sharpe also thanked members of the school's academic booster club for providing students with incentives to do well on the tests and says the payoff comes when they get to college.

"We've had several students over the past several years who have done well on the calculus and they have gone in and are excelling at Georgia Tech right now because of their math background," he noted.


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