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Mountain View High ranks among nation's top schools for math and science

Photo Town Crier File Photo Mountain View High teacher Jim McGuirk assists one of his students with a math problem during an algebra class. Mountain View High recently ranked 141st nationally for its math and science performance.

U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural “Best High Schools for Math and Science” report ranked Mountain View High School tied at No. 141 out of the nearly 600 schools that qualified for the citation.

U.S. News developed the ranking methodology, based on the key principle that students at the “Best High Schools for Math and Science” must take and pass a robust curriculum of college-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses.

To be included in the ranking, a school first had to be selected as one of the 598 Gold, Silver or Honorable Mention schools in the magazine’s “Best High School” rankings, published December 2009.

The eligible schools were judged nationally on their level of math and science participation and success based on Advanced Placement (AP) STEM course test data as the benchmark. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country. College Board defines STEM-acceptable math as AP classes in Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Computer Science AB and Statistics; and STEM Science as AP classes in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism and Physics C: Mechanics.

“We attribute our success to the academic strengths of our students, the cohesiveness of our department in aligning curricula vertically as well as horizontally, our emphasis on the development of critical-thinking skills and the nurturing atmosphere on campus,” said Katie Thornburg, Mountain View High science department coordinator.

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