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Our District envisions a rigorous and diverse educational learning experience for all scholars; creating contributors to a global culture of collaboration through innovation, and engagement grounded in recognition and appreciation for all people.

Bus price cut for 7-12 students with district subsidy

The Mount Vernon City School District is subsidizing half the cost of Bee-Line MetroCard student bus passes for students in grades 7-12. The per-semester cost has been reduced from the regular $290 to just $145. Buy them through the district!

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Dr. Pearce and Dr. BC

Students, teachers, and community members from countries around the world filled the cafeteria for Mount Vernon High School’s No Place for Hate - A Walk Around the Globe on Friday, January 20, 2023. The room was lined with flags from around the world, and tables were set up with displays detailing the cultures of each country. There was an assortment of food from several countries as well.  

Students in Pre-K playing games at House of Sports

Universal Prekindergarten students in the Mount Vernon City School District are currently learning about health and nutrition. To support the learning in this unit, pre-K students from across the district took a trip to House of Sports.

Kids petting rabbit

Traphagen scholars took an in-house field trip that featured a tortoise, ferret, and albino rabbit. Students were allowed to touch all the animals and see them up close. Nick Coon, a naturalist educator at Greenburgh Nature Center, brought his scaly and furry friends to Traphagen School on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the field trip.

Pre-K students arriving to school

A month after the beginning of the Mount Vernon City School District's universal pre-kindergarten program for 3-year-olds (UPK-3), parents are seeing development in their children's communication and reading skills. Scholars began their pre-K journey at WestCOP Bethel Early Childhood Center, Friendship for Tots, and Our Lady of Victory School.   

Firefighter gathers pre-k students for a picture.

Pre-kindergarten students toured Mount Vernon to see all the community helpers throughout the month of December. The “hop on, hop off” bus tour visited the fire and police departments, grocery store, library, post office, Board of Education office, City Hall and more.

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Laila Issa, MV STEAM Academy valedictorian 2022

I can confidently say that the STEAM school has prepared me for the level of rigor I may encounter in college courses while exposing me to a diverse group of peers and professionals.

Laila Issa, MV STEAM Academy Valedictorian 2022

Frank Fabian, Benjamin Turner Middle School 

I feel that there are a lot more teachers and grownups willing to support you here – not just in learning but also in your emotions and making sure you are feeling alright. 

Frank Fabian, Benjamin Turner Middle School 

Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School

My teacher Mrs. Creighton makes school fun. With all the teachers, principals and AP they do fun stuff.

Morgan Bowen, Edward Williams School

Yanelfry Fabian, Mount Vernon High School

I like how there are always a lot of activities to celebrate our excellence.

Yanelfry Fabian, Mount Vernon High School
 

Natalia Hillmeddo, Parker School 

My school is special because of my friends, and the principal is always here for me and us and we learn awesome things.

Natalia Hillmeddo, Parker School

Deanna Cummings, MV STEAM Academy

I would say that STEAM is a very encouraging environment. The counselors are almost always there to help you with issues you may be dealing with inside as well as outside of school. The teachers also try to encourage us when we aren't keeping up to date. But they are still understanding and caring.

Deanna Cummings, MV STEAM Academy

Montay Campbell, Mount Vernon High School

There are many experiences, fun activities and clubs that can bring out the creativity within each of us. There are opportunities for college credit. There are so many diverse talented people here.

Montay Campbell, Mount Vernon High School
 

Owen Bravo, Columbus

I like to do math the best at my school because it is amazing and fun. I like using the cubes and other math things to help me figure out problems.

Owen Bravo, Columbus

Deshawn Wallen ’22, MV STEAM Academy

Hard work pays off. In the end, no matter how you look at it the more effort you put in the more you get out of it. The teachers really help me put my best foot forward, which allows me to try harder.

Deshawn Wallen ’22, MV STEAM Academy

Britaney Sinclair, Mount Vernon High School

School is a melting pot of cultures, so you learn and have different perspectives.

Britaney Sinclair, Mount Vernon High School

Alistair Bell, Traphagen School 

Everyone knows everyone, It’s like a family here at Traphagen.

Alistair Bell, Traphagen School

Maria Garcia, Mandela/Zollicoffer School

What I like best about this school is we have fun bake sales and have very fun events like Spirit Week.

Maria Garcia, Mandela/Zollicoffer School

Jemerlyn Ste. Marthe, Holmes School 

Something that makes my school special is the school’s principal. She works very hard to put together the best school possible. She is a true Holmes School Hero. And, our whole school appreciates her very much.

Jemerlyn Ste. Marthe, Holmes School

Mahnyia Marks, Benjamin Turner Middle School

School allows me to get involved in activities that I wouldn't normally do.

Mahnyia Marks, Benjamin Turner Middle School

Dylan Taylor, Graham School 

My school is special because the teachers slow down and help you if you need help.

Dylan Taylor, Graham School

Skylar Savariau, Parker School 

I do band lesson and I'm getting better at it. 

Skylar Savariau, Parker School

Emily Galindo, MV STEAM Academy

We are strongly encouraged by teachers and the staff to work hard and try our best with all the work we do.

Emily Galindo, MV STEAM Academy

Clayon Smith, Columbus

Columbus is special because we have the Columbus CARES Bear as our mascot. I love when he shows up to assemblies and we can sing our Columbus CARES song and he dances to it.

Clayon Smith, Columbus
 

Lesley Iyamu, Mount Vernon High School

As an IB scholar, we have a great community of future leaders and a lot of amazing support from our peers and teachers.

Lesley Iyamu, Mount Vernon High School

Tristan Paul, Edward Williams School

I like that my school has a drumline. I have a chance to practice doing something that I LOVE!!

Tristan Paul, Edward Williams School

Eliana Dewar, Traphagen School 

I like the preps because I get to learn different things about art, music, PE, and media. In every activity, I learn more and more about music and art. I learn about abstract art, how to play the ukulele, how to play basketball, and poems.

Eliana Dewar, Traphagen School

Naomi Hooks, Mandela/Zollicoffer School 

What makes my school special is that some of the staff have great qualities to have the students look up to them.

Naomi Hooks, Mandela/Zollicoffer School

Skyler Mack, Holmes School 

My school is special because we get to take high school classes early to get credit.

Skyler Mack, Holmes School

Lily Cudjoe, Graham School 

My school provides us programs to help us, like African dance, the Boys Club, and My Sister’s place.

Lily Cudjoe, Graham School

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