Mt. Vernon AP courses show success


By James Feichtner

Advanced Placement courses are among the most challenging courses a high-school student can take. Four of these courses at Mt. Vernon High School can stake the claim of having an entire classroom of success with all students passing their AP exam. All students in Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio, Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio, Computer Science A and Spanish Language and Culture received a passing score of three, four or five to achieve college credit.

Mt. Vernon High School requires all AP students to take the AP exam, which is not a common requirement. Many high schools offer the AP test opportunity, but do not require taking the exam. This frequently can help the school’s passing percentage with only the more excelled students taking the exam to receive college credit.



“Mt. Vernon had nearly 400 AP exams from 241 students, which is the largest amount of annual exams to date,” MVHS Principal Bernie Campbell said. “I am extremely proud of the classes that can acclaim 100 percent passing and the quality of post-secondary opportunities Mt. Vernon provides.”

Of the four classes, the Spanish AP course had the most students with 17. Studio Art 2-D and 3-D had two and four students respectively, and Computer Science A had one student.

Patricia Laughlin teaches Spanish AP as well as Spanish III, and shared that the Spanish department vertically teaches the curriculum through the four progressive courses to prepare them to be successful in the AP course.

“It is great we offer this program so students can make friends from another culture and develop relationships, as well as aid in translation,” Laughlin said. “This success is a gain for the whole department.”

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