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Office of School Improvement

he Mount Vernon City School District is dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in school and in life.  To ensure your child’s success, we have set high standards that are reflected in what is taught in our classrooms.  The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) reauthorization of the of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that adequate yearly progress (AYP) in language arts literacy and mathematics be measured annually for each school in the State of New York.

We are very proud to announce that Nellie Thornton High School (NTHS) and Grimes Elementary School have successfully gone through a school improvement process that has promoted them out of focus status into “Schools in Good Standing” by the NYSED Office of Accountability.  We are ecstatic about the news and equally proud of Mrs. Sharon Bradley, principal of NTHS, Mr. Alan Gonzalez, principal of Grimes along with their teachers, students, and parents.  In conjunction with this truly collaborative effort, we will continue to work hard and develop strategies that will keep us in this upward trajectory for years to come.

As we celebrate this triumphant moment, it is our duty under NCLB and ESEA to also inform the public of schools that did not make AYP for this year: 1) Focus Schools – Columbus Elementary School, Graham Elementary School, Hamilton Elementary School, Rebecca Turner Elementary School, Pennington Elementary School, Mount Vernon High School and Mandela/Zollicoffer Alternative High School. 2) Priority Schools – A.B. Davis Middle School, Benjamin Turner Middle School, and Edward Williams Elementary School.

On March 15th 2016 the Mount Vernon City School District successfully passed their 20/20 School Improvement Bond.  Its passing brings many opportunities for us as a District to address the issues that caused our schools to miss their AYP this year.  We have already begun to put systems and structures in place to turn our schools around for the upcoming school year.  Your support and input is welcome as we work to successfully achieve our student performance goals.  As a parent, you are encouraged to contact your child’s school principal to provide input and see how you can become involved in helping the school address its achievement issues.

We will continue to communicate with you throughout the year regarding the school improvement efforts underway and hope you will join us in supporting our students and teachers as we work toward reaching our goals for next year.

Contact Us

  • Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy
    Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement
    165 North Columbus Avenue
    Mount Vernon, NY 10553
    Telephone (914) 665-5227
    Email: wbennett@mtvernoncsd.org

    Michelle McKitty-Bromley
    Family and Community Engagment Coordinator

    165 North Columbus Avenue
    Mount Vernon, NY 10553
    Telephone (914) 358-5227
    Email: mmckitty-bromley@mtvernoncsd.org

    Lori Renna
    Senior Typist

    165 North Columbus Avenue
    Mount Vernon, NY 10553
    Telephone (914) 665-5227
    Email: lrenna@mtvernoncsd.org