The New Hope-Solebury School District is celebrating two achievements.
The district announced Monday that it has received an Outstanding Visual Arts Community award from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) and a Gold designation from the College Board’s Advanced Placement School Honor Roll.
Endorsed by the PAEA for their rigorous, inclusive curriculum, commitment to accessibility, and program visibility, this marks the second time within three years that the district has been acknowledged with this honor, according to the district.
Mark Mannion, a member of the New Hope-Solebury art faculty, emphasized the innovative approaches within the art curriculum.
“We teach traditional mediums, but we also introduce students to the latest mediums and technology used by contemporary artists,” Mannion said. “I love seeing their amazement when they control technology like 3D designing software and 3D printing. It’s an honor to be recognized for our dedication.”
The district’s Gold-level designation on the College Board’s Advanced Placement School Honor Roll shines a spotlight on their commitment to fostering a college-going culture.
The Honor Roll recognizes schools for increasing college readiness, offering opportunities for students to earn college credit, and fostering a commitment to academic excellence.
According to the data, 73 percent of New Hope-Solebury seniors took at least one AP exam, 58% scored three or higher, and 32 percent participated in five or more AP exams.
“We are proud of the exceptional work and dedication of our students, teachers, and staff who challenge themselves within the Advanced Placement program,” Principal Patrick Sasse said.
Superintendent Dr. Charles Lentz expressed his pride in the accolades.
“Our district is constantly seeking new opportunities to prepare students for the global landscape ahead of them. These honors reflect our commitment to innovation and to ensuring students are career and college ready,” he said.