Albertville High School receives recognition from Governor, State Superintendent for AP program

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - Albertville High School is getting recognition from the State Superintendent and the Governor for its success and achievements in its Advanced Placement program.

The halls are quiet Wednesday morning at Albertville High School. Inside a classroom, a group of students quietly talk over their work. "I began taking AP classes my junior year,"  senior McKinley Williams said.

That move is preparing her for the next step in life. "The rigor levels really make you work harder, make you think more, make you really learn to respect how hard it's going to be in college," Williams said.

"We started AP here three years ago at Albertville High School," AP Coordinator Kortney Johnson explained.

Johnson says the school worked with A+ College Ready. "A+ College Ready is a program that our state adopted, and so our state funds program schools to put an incentive or initiative to push AP programs into really more rural schools," Johnson said.

What started off as about 30 qualifying scores in the school's first year as a program grew to 60 in the same year. The program initially had just over 100 students and five courses. Now the program has more than 500 students and offers nine courses.

The school was recently recognized by the state superintendent and governor for its high achievements and student success. "We are doing what we anticipated, which was to take this group of kids and  expand that opportunity  for them," Johnson said.

"The way that we have to learn to do things is going to help us a lot in the future, and I think it's going to help me a lot in the future," Williams said.