It is the mission of the Mt. Vernon City School District (MVCSD) to create a sense of urgency in partnership with members of its community in a journey to restore, rebuild and rebrand the district so that stakeholders are partners in providing all students with an exceptional educational experience.
The City of Mount Vernon, long known as a bastion of culture, entertainment and athletic prowess, has cultivated such great talent as Art Carney, Dick Clark and Heavy D, and Ben Gordon of the Golden State Warriors.
Under the leadership of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton the district is undergoing a significant transformation, refocusing on academic, raising student achievement and ensuring that ALL students graduate from Mount Vernon City School District college and career ready.
Through the reestablishment of a Career and Technical Program, Mount Vernon provides opportunities for students to attain skills and on the job training in high demand fields such as the culinary arts Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC) and automotive repair to name a few.
In the spring of 2016, the residents of the City of Mount Vernon overwhelmingly approve a $108 million bond referendum that will fundamentally change the trajectory of the Mount Vernon City School District. Dubbed the 20/20 Vision, over the next five years the bond will allow the district to provide universal, full day Pre-K to families through out Mount Vernon. It will also see the conversion of ten of the district’s elementary school into Kindergarten through eight grade learning centers. The 20/20 Vision will also create three unique high schools of excellence. Mount Vernon High School will become the premiere CTE High School in Westchester County as well as offer the prestigious Internationale Baccalaureate Program. The current A.B. Middle School will become the district STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Academy for 9th-12th graders.
In recognition to the vast numbers of entertainers that have come from the great City of Mount Vernon, the district will house a Performing Arts Program for 6th-12th graders at the Nellie A. Thornton School.