Marple-Newtown's HI-Q program is the longest-running academic program in the Philadelphia region. Every public, private and parochial high school in Delaware County participates (21 in all). Marple-Newtown won the contest two years in a row and was honored by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in May. Last year, school superintendent Meryl Horowitz established Sponsor a Scholar, a mentor program that helps acquire college funds for eligible high school students - generally freshman who've exhibited university-caliber potential (good character, GPA and discipline). Upon graduation, students receive a check for the specified sponsor amount to put toward college. The district offers parents 24-hour access to their children's progress, posting period grades, attendance and assignments via its online Parent Portal. This past May, the district held the region's first-ever parent education conference, with workshops on college admissions, financial aid, improving SAT scores, helping special needs children, enhancing gifted children's learning and prepping for AP courses. Marple-Newtown has an advanced emergency notification system, Global Connect, that calls up to six phone numbers per child in four minutes and continues until contact is made. Each October, the district brings together 11th grade students and community and business leaders to learn about a variety of careers. Junior Initiative offers students insight into four career paths from a personal perspective. The district offers a Renaissance program for high school and middle school students. The comprehensive, goal-oriented initiative was developed nationally to reward kids for achieving certain criteria (grades, participation, conduct) with privileges, awards and recognition.