Mount Olive High School has been named a 2022 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education, an organization that supports effective instructional practices that lead to accelerated learning for all students.
 
One of just 16 U.S. schools to be selected for the honor, MOHS was chosen as a model school based on the success of initiatives implemented over the past several years. These include a data-driven remediation system which tailors instruction to meet each student’s unique needs, blended learning programs, and innovative new courses in computer science, robotics, business, anatomy, social studies, and special education.
 
“This honor is a recognition of not only the efforts over the past several years, but the decades-long commitment of the board of education and entire community to innovation and student-centered learning,” said Superintendent Robert Zywicki, Ed.D. “MOHS is the crown jewel of our district, with so many opportunities for students to explore whatever interests them. I am so proud of our teachers, administrators, and support staff for their dedication to our kids.”
 
In recent years, MOHS has also made a concerted effort to encourage all students to enroll in higher-level coursework. More AP classes were added, bringing the total to nearly 30, and the school adopted an AP financial incentive program. For students who pay the College Board fee for one AP exam, the school pays the registration fees for all additional exams. The incentive program helped overcome any cost barriers that were dissuading students from pursuing AP courses. For three consecutive years, 2017-2019, Mount Olive was named to the AP Honor Roll by the College Board –  a distinction that recognizes the district’s efforts in increasing the number of students from underrepresented demographics who take AP courses.
 
Additional partnerships were formed with several universities, too. This allowed students to receive college credit by taking college courses at MOHS, taught by MOHS teachers.
 
A team from the school district will present details of the high school’s unique programming at the 30thannual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida from June 26–29.
 

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