Welcome to The Nelson Mandela Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School

  • Our continued commitment to fostering resilience, perseverance, empathy, and the ability to communicate effectively will undoubtedly help our students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. 
    The Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School is the newest addition to the Mount Vernon City School District serving approximately 330 students with a talented staff of 35 teachers. At the core of our educational philosophy is cultural responsiveness in a vibrant and exceptional learning environment to promote the academic, social, and emotional success for all students.
    Our Vision:
    The Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea 
    Zollicoffer is committed to producing lifelong learners that are college bound, career ready, and are able to compete in a global society. Achievement today for an exceptional tomorrow!
    Our Mission Statement:
    To provide a stimulating environment which fosters a love of learning, promotes independent learners, produces responsible citizens, and interacts with the community to develop each child's potential and self-esteem. Our mission, in partnership with families and our community, is to provide each student a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. 
    In order to promote our mission, we seek to...
    Bridge the years between childhood and adolescence with programs structured to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of all students.
    Inspire life long learners as we meet the academic and social challenges of our adolescence students. 
    Provide a curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory so that every student can reach his or her potential.
    Develop independent learners through self-motivation, self-discipline, and acceptance of responsibility. 
    Enhance our students' self-esteem by fostering opportunities for success within the educational program. 
    Maintain a school climate that savors the wonder, energy, and excitement of all students while giving students a sense of belonging. 
    Encourage students and teachers to share in the responsibility of each other's safety and well-being. 
    Develop respectful individuals and responsible citizens by modeling good morals and values. 
    Use the gift of our school facility to broaden course offerings with an emphasis on the arts and technology. 

     Further our commitment to diversity by exploring our differences with enthusiasm and respect for the dignity of each individual. 
    Prepare our students to participate with confidence in a rich, complex, and changing society. 
    Share with the parents and community the commitment to prepare students for their roles in an ever-changing society.

     I look forward to the amazing journey ahead as we partner together at the

    Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School to promote the academic success of all students as we prepare them to be productive members of society. This will be an amazing school year!

    Mr. Michael Vicario
    Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School
    "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
    Nelson Mandela