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Hart High AP program scores on Newsweek best-of list

Posted: October 14, 2009 10:47 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2009 1:40 p.m.
There is good reason the Hart High School Advanced Placement Program is nationally recognized. The school placed among the top 1,500 schools in the nation, according to "Newsweek" magazine, based on the percentage of students taking AP courses and exams.

Not many schools can boast about having teachers who are invited to score Advanced Placement exams. Hart High School can boast about that and much more, according to Principal Collyn Nielsen.

Hart not only has two teachers who score AP exams, two more teachers actually write the exams!

Martin Kirby has been teaching physics at Hart since 1984. He has built the Hart physics program into what it is now four sections of AP Physics and one section of regular physics with students clamoring to get into his classes.

Kirby was first invited to grade AP exams in 1991, and was invited in 2006 to be on the AP Physics Exam Development Committee.

This committee consists of just three high school teachers and three college professors who are responsible for writing the AP Physics exam. Kirby is also an AP Physics presenter for the College Board and was the Siemens AP Science Teacher of the Year in 2000.

Social studies teacher Pete Pew has also been involved in the writing of AP exams. He started out scoring AP U.S. Government exams in 1996, and later served a four-year term (2004-08) on the AP U.S. Government Exam Development Committee, which consisted of two high school teachers and four college professors.

He is currently the moderator of the College Board's Electronic Discussion Group for AP U.S. Government & Politics for the last two years. Like Kirby, Pew has also been a national and international presenter for the College Board.

In addition to those accomplishments, both Beverly Ladd (AP Language & Composition) and John Ahart (AP Environmental Science) have also been invited to grade their respective AP exams. Ladd was first invited in 2002, and Ahart was first invited in 2008.


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