Denzel Washington School of the Arts serves students in grade 6-12. This is a major milestone for the MVCSD. We are grateful for the support we have received at our performances throughout the years. We also appreciate and acknowledge Nellie A. Thornton High School staff and students for welcoming us for 2018 -2020, Principal Alan Gonzalez for supporting our initial program at Grimes Elementary via our Summer Bridge Program 2015; Principal Brown for housing and supervising our program at BTMS in 2015-2016; and Principal Ron Gonzalez for allowing our program to nest at MVHS 2016 - 2018. Our school would not exist if not for the support of those administrators.
We are also thrilled that we were able to create and nurture our school with the full support of our superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, his cabinet and the Board of Trustees. Thank you.
The objective of the Denzel Washington School of the Arts is to provide an educational experience for children passionate about an art discipline. We utilize this passion as a gateway for preparation in college or conservatory training. We recognize that some of our students will pursue the arts and enter professional careers in the arts - continuing Mount Vernon's legacy of creating stars. We also recognize that others will elect traditional majors and contribute to our society as doctors, lawyers, teachers and in other professions. Either way, our goal includes educating the whole child and nurturing their self-esteem, confidence, and passion for learning. We also endeavor to nurture future patrons of the arts.
In a live, 90-minute talk show entitled “Moving Beyond The Pandemic,” the Mount Vernon City School District on Thursday, June 17, discussed the plan to achieve a full transition to traditional in-person learning by having up to 3,000 students attend summer school – even if their grades do not reflect the need to attend.
Fourth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School taught each other on Thursday, June 17th, about Juneteenth, the commemoration of the day in 1865 when word of freedom reached slaves in Texas.
Mount Vernon High School senior John Alex will attend the University of Rochester in the fall to make the most of the school’s strong science program, which suits his plans to major in microbiology. Alex was named his high school’s salutatorian, with a cumulative GPA of 97.65 after seven semesters. With that academic performance, bolstered by classes taken in the school’s new International Baccalaureate program and coupled with his range of extracurricular activities, he was accepted at a host of other schools as well.
The Mount Vernon High School swimming pool will open to families and residents of the city again this summer as COVID-era restrictions continue to loosen. Public swimming will begin Wednesday, June 16. Mount Vernon residents will be able to swim in the pool on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The pool will be closed Saturday, July 3; Monday, July 5; and Saturday, July 31.
Mount Vernon STEAM Academy students on Wednesday, June 2, earned honors during the school’s first Senior Convocation ceremony highlighting academic achievement, athletics, community service, and character.
The Mount Vernon City School District offers a creative opportunity for students entering grades 6 – 10 to excel academically and artistically. Denzel Washington School of the Arts is designed for creative students interested in the arts. Students can apply from any Mount Vernon school and are admitted based on an audition in theatre, vocal music, dance, a visual arts portfolio, or playing a musical instrument in addition to a comprehensive application and an interview with the student and parent. The school will assist each student with discovering and nurturing their unique talent while also utilizing an arts framework to support success in academic classes. Students will transfer their creative skills to the classroom and build their cognitive framework and affective mindset to become strong readers, mathematicians, thinkers and learners.
Please read the attached press release and flyer for an upcoming concert featuring Judah Taylor, won first place in the William Warfield Classical Voice Competition. Judah Taylor, sophomore at Denzel Washington School of the Arts, in Mount Vernon, New York. placed first in the 2020 William Warfield Scholarship Fund Classical Vocal Competition for African American High School Students, with his amazing performance of “Caro, Mio Ben”. This rising artist has performed at the 2020 Mount Vernon Mayoral Inauguration; and he is a current member of the Greater Centennial AME Zion Men’s Chorus. Judah has received acting scholarships from American Academy of Dramatic Arts 2019 and AMDA 2018, 2020. In addition, Judah Taylor attends the Juilliard Pre-College with support from The Epstein Family Foundation Scholarship.
Under the direction of Dr. Evelyn Collins, students from the Mount Vernon Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program will take the stage to perform August Wilson’s play, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.’ Performances are scheduled for Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at Nellie Thornton High School, located at 121 South 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon.
Eighth-grader Judah Taylor, 14, talks about his role in a Netflix original miniseries called "Central Park 5" at Thornton High School which houses the Performing & Visual Arts Magnet School Nov. 5, 1018 in Mount Vernon.
"Arts Education benefits the student because it cultivates the whole child, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. This process requires not merely an active mind but a trained one. An education in the arts benefits society because students of the arts gain powerful tools for understanding human experiences, both past and present. They learn to respect the often very different ways others have of thinking, working, and expressing themselves. They learn to make decisions in situations where there are no standard answers. By studying the arts, students stimulate their natural creativity and learn to develop it to meet the needs of a complex and competitive society. And, as study and competence in the arts reinforce one other, the joy of learning becomes real, tangible, and powerful."