THE INNOVATION DIPLOMA
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s Innovation Diploma offers an extraordinary opportunity for Upper School students to become lead designers of their own learning and lead innovators in the community. According to Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators, “The high school and college graduates who will get and keep good jobs in the new global economy and contribute solutions to the world’s most pressing problems… will be creative problem-solvers who will generate improvements in existing products, processes, and services, as well as invent new ones… The most essential education challenge today is to graduate all students innovation ready.” Students who earn Mount Vernon’s Innovation Diploma will be more than innovation ready. They observe, question, empathize, experiment, and lead as they craft and implement innovations that enhance their local, national, and global communities. This cohort experience empowers students to positively impact the world and people around them while serving as a leaders in design thinking and co-designers of experiences such as Council on Innovation.
The Innovation Diploma creates opportunity for cohort members to discover or rediscover creative confidence--that natural ability to come up with new ideas and dig up the courage to actually try them out. Learners will be challenged to step out of typical comfort zones and work with their hands to create something unexpected, write in a way they haven’t written before, and learn something they never knew they could. This incredible opportunity is one that positions students to work alongside established entrepreneurs, community leaders, and proven innovators tackling issues and solving wicked problems. Distinguishing characteristics of this program are:
Cohort members become agents of MVIFI, thus expanding their network. A significant amount of time is carved out purposefully to allow students to dig even deeper into their ventures. iD students are expected to regularly present and share their work publicly, launch ventures that have significant impact, and serve as leaders and facilitators of design thinking. Assessment comes from peer, self, and mentor feedback, digital badging and evidenced results from ventures.
A Mount Vernon student gains understanding through numerous methods. On one end of the spectrum is studying and learning through subject-organized or disciplinary lenses. Disciplinary courses are categorized as College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement. MVPS also makes it possible for students to enroll in a number of online offerings, as well.
At Mount Vernon, college ready is a “floor,” not a “ceiling.” All courses at MVPS are college preparatory, designed to prepare the graduate for college level work and as such they are academically demanding. A student’s performance is reviewed each year and in each discipline to determine the best placement for the following academic year.Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School encourages students to challenge themselves through Honors and Advanced Placement courses that provide an opportunity for students to pursue an even more vigorous college preparatory program of study.
Algebra II Honors // Geometry Honors // Pre-Calculus Honors // Physics Honors // Biology Honors // Chemistry Honors // Foundations in Literature & Composition Honors // World History Honors // World Literature and Composition Honors
Advanced Placement Offerings
AP Biology // AP Physics // AP Chemistry // AP Environmental Science // AP Government and Politics // AP World History // AP US History // AP Economics // AP Statistics // AP Calculus: AB // AP Calculus: BC // AP Latin // AP Spanish: Language // AP French: Language // AP English Language and Composition // AP English Literature and Composition // AP Visual Arts Studio //
To enhance academic learning opportunities, and for students seeking blended learning experiences, the Upper School offers an online learning component for students with proven success working independently. Utilizing the Georgia Virtual School online program, Upper School students may register for semester (.5 credit) elective courses with a maximum of one virtual course per semester. Mount Vernon Upper School faculty serve as facilitators of student progress as students explore and complete the components of their online courses.
Some examples include:
Banking and Investing // Financial Literacy // Principles of Accounting // Oceanography // US and World Affairs // Astronomy // Ethnic Studies // Forensic Science // Asian Studies // Foundations of Engineering // Statistics // Introduction to Law and Justice // Marketing Principles // Psychology // Music Theory // Anatomy and Physiology // Sociology