Our True North

In a community where students are empowered to discover their curiosities and passions and where learning is amplified through real world problem-solving, The Mount Vernon Continuum serves as the School’s strategic blueprint. The Continuum highlights the keys to Mount Vernon’s success:

  • a clear and compelling mission
  • cultural norms inviting people to step outside of their comfort zone
  • design principles and practices guiding teaching and learning
  • and six significant mindsets resulting in an impactful experience

Throughout the school year, the Mount Vernon Continuum serves as our North Star.


Ultimately, the purpose of any organization should impact the lives of people. At Mount Vernon, our purpose is driven by our mission.

We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.

Since our purpose demands that college readiness be the ground level, the ‘basics and beyond’ learning at Mount Vernon carries more weight than a grade and demonstrates that students can engage deeply in meaningful study while making an impact on the world.

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In the words of Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh,

If you get the culture right, most of the other stuff like delivering great customer service or building a long-term enduring brand will just happen naturally on its own.

At Mount Vernon, our brand is inherently connected to what we call the MV Norms. Our norms are a set of five cultural behaviors woven throughout our teaching, our relationships, and our work.

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Mount Vernon’s people-centered design principles guide teaching and learning and help foster a learner-centric culture. We believe that:

  • Relationships are Foundational for Learning,
  • Curiosity & Passion Drive Learning,
  • Learning Demands Interactive and Flexible Spaces,
  • Empathy Influences Learning, and
  • Learners Apply Knowledge to make an impact.

By designing our School around these principles we have set the conditions for our learners to excel in college, career, and citizenship.

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Our community lives out its mission through the development and implementation of the Mount Vernon Mind, a set of relevant and research-based mindsets that position students for college, career and citizenship. Our students cultivate these essential skills to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world—at Mount Vernon we teach these skills by infusing the mindsets throughout all of our teaching and learning.

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