At the end of February 2016, Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced that River Ridge High School was among 272 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. Based on AP statistics from 2015, River Ridge was recognized as an:
–AP STEM school, with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science);
–AP STEM Acheivement school, with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher;
–AP Merit school, with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Helping make AP courses available at River Ridge are three Noyce Teaching Fellows. Trevor Register was the first TF to join the River Ridge faculty, soon to be followed by Tracey Beyer and Philip Money. All three specialize in Physics Education, and pool the resources they receive from the National Science Foundation to bring experiential learning into their classrooms. Examples include procuring a van de Graaff generator and engaging students with video game-based activities.
More information on AP Honor Schools can be found on the Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch website.