Gilroy Dispatch: “Mount Madonna School Named to Advance Placement Honor Roll”

Gilroy Dispatch, 10/27/2023, Local Scene, “Mount Madonna School Named to Advancement Placement Honor Roll.”

The College Board announced that Mount Madonna School (MMS) has been named to the Advanced Placement Program (AP) School Honor Roll, earning the top-tier Platinum distinction.

The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit and maximizing college readiness.

Mount Madonna School had 100% of seniors who took at least one AP exam during high school, 100% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 38% of seniors who took five or more AP exams.

“This award recognizes MMS’ college-going culture and our commitment to ensuring that all of our students, including those from underrepresented populations have access to AP courses and AP testing,” said Shannon Kelly, Mount Madonna’s upper school director. “It also represents one of many ways that we help our students achieve their college goals.”

Mount Madonna School Advanced Placement Testing, 2019 through June 2023:

• 88 students in 10th through 12th grades took AP exams

• A total of 170 AP exams were taken

• 77% of the AP exams received scores of 3 and higher

Mount Madonna School Awards and Distinctions, 2019 through June 2023:

• AP 2023 School Honor Roll, Platinum Recognition

• AP 2023 Access Award

• Four AP Scholars with Honors

• 12 AP Scholars with Distinction

• 11 AP Scholars

• One National AP Scholar

“Academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development are the three founding pillars of Mount Madonna School,” Head of School Ann Goewert said. “MMS’ unwavering commitment to academic excellence and expanding access to advanced coursework is reflected with the school earning the top-tier platinum distinction on the Advanced Placement Program School Honor Roll.”

In addition, MMS received an AP Access Award. The 2023 AP School Honor Roll recognizes Mount Madonna School as providing all students with the chance to participate in AP.

“AP represents an opportunity for students to stand out to colleges, earn college credit and placement, and potentially boost their grade point averages,” said Trevor Packer, head of the AP program. “The schools have shown that they can expand access to these college-level courses and still drive high performance—they represent the best of our AP program.”