POWERFUL LEARNING: CURIOSITY + KNOWLEDGE + SKILLS + WORK THAT MATTERS
In Mount Vernon’s Upper School, we challenge and support our learners so that they can reach and succeed in ways that exceed what many might think possible. Inspired daily by our unique combination of purpose, culture, design, and results, we set a new standard for “high school.” Our Upper School program lives as a mission-driven mix of academic, athletic, art, spiritual and extracurricular activities designed to help learners creatively and confidently navigate and lead in a fast-paced, digital and global marketplace. What an exciting time to be growing up and learning in and about our world. To promote and help learners in their growth as people who are college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders, MVPS purposefully combines extraordinary instruction, curriculum, and assessment. The School emphasizes 1) exploration of curiosity, 2) strength in content-knowledge mastery, 3) development of essential skills and the MV Mind, and 4) forwarding of work that matters. Much of what makes Mount Vernon a standout school regionally, nationally, and internationally is our unique combination of program elements intentionally integrated to provide an Upper School experience that advantages our learners for the world in which we live:
Disciplinary courses such as math, English, science, social studies, and world languages categorized as College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement;
Interdisciplinary and real-world connections between and among courses, programs, and experiential offerings, as well as an Interim Term unique in Atlanta;
Design thinking infusion across the curriculum to equip our learners as human-centered problem solvers and empowered agents of positive change;
(i)Project pursuits originating from significant curiosities, interests, and community needs and resulting in advances in inquiry, innovation, and impact;
Advisory groups, academic resource support, and college counseling emphasizing relationships and ensuring high-quality mentoring, academic and life coaching, and accountability;
Christian education focused on understanding our spiritual journeys and promoting values-based leading and decision making;
Student life opportunities rich in athletics, arts, leadership, community events, and clubs.
While many schools tout “rigor,” at Mount Vernon we raise the trajectory with a program built for vigor. Rather than being passive consumers of rote information, we invite and teach our learners to actively solve complex problems, with a growing emphasis on project- and team-based approaches, as well as significant focus on deeper learning. The defining characteristic of a 21st century school is that it is learner-centered, focused on what the learner needs to learn and succeed in today’s demanding, uncertain, and complicated world. In the pages that follow, we detail the program elements that make a Mount Vernon education unparalleled and that provide our learners with the Upper School Advantage.
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