We live amidst a fundamental reordering of how we think about school: from the centuries-old belief that content knowledge is its central currency, to the nascent understanding that what you know matters less than who you are and what you are uniquely capable of impacting.
Across the country, communities and schools are beginning to test this shift in myriad ways. But overall, educators, parents and community leaders are still in search of a well-lighted path that can illuminate what the future of education needs and requires.
A way forward has already been envisioned by Mount Vernon Presbyterian School: the Mount Vernon Continuum. More than perhaps any other school, Mount Vernon understands that the chemistry of a great school is a clear and compelling organizational mission, cultural norms that invite people to step outside of their comfort zone, people-centered design principles that guide teaching and learning, and six timeless, significant habits of mind.
The Mount Vernon Continuum is emblematic of the School’s commitment to the learning journey beyond course preparation. And, it is the School’s roadmap for continuing to set the conditions for learners to excel in college, career and citizenship. The Continuum is also the flywheel that accelerates the School toward its vision to transform learning.
Mount Vernon is building not just a roadmap for future generations of students and families but also a path for the future of learning itself. The ripple effect is powerful and far-reaching, extending throughout and beyond the greater Atlanta area as Mount Vernon becomes an influential voice in the national dialogue on student engagement and achievement.
Mount Vernon is a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. A school where learning is amplified through design thinking, a people-centered problem solving method. A partner of the world-renowned Stanford University d.School, Mount Vernon was one of the first PS-12 schools in the southeastern United States to adopt design thinking and integrate it into all aspects of learning. Through real-world, interdisciplinary problem-solving, students are empowered to discover their curiosities and passions while making a profound impact on the world. A standard bearer and thought leader in innovation, Mount Vernon blurs the lines between school and real life.
Taking bold steps to reimagine its learning environment and create a campus that will serve as an impact hub, Mount Vernon is a destination for anyone who wishes to design a better world. Its Lower School has already been transformed with flexible, interactive learning spaces, and soon all of its facilities will embody this pioneering approach.
As an exciting step forward in preparing for its future, the School community is now exploring the feasibility of a four-year plan to construct a revolutionary new Upper School on its Glenn Campus. We need a logo to communicate our forward-thinking vision of pioneering tomorrow.