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Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Private | PK-12


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $200,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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Posted October 3, 2014

Everything about MVPS is OUTSTANDING -- Dr. Jacobsen is a phenomenal leader, the administrative team and teachers are creative and truly care about our children, the innovative activities they do with our children are so engaging and fun, the extra activities they have for our children are so diverse and unique (they have lacrosse now too starting with middle school), I could go on and on! My family has been part of the MVPS family for six years (we have a first grader and a third grader), and I am just in awe of how the School is so open to change and new methods of thinking and teaching. There is no "textbook curriculum" at MVPS that you can get at any other school. The administrative team and teachers collaborate together with national and international educational leaders and design their own lesson plans and a truly unique program for our children that I think really encourages learning and global responsibility. I am amazed at what my children know and how much they have learned!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2014

We picked the RIGHT SCHOOL! The intellectual energy on the entire campus is amazing. The way the entire staff energizes you is so uplifting!!! I love what my son is learning, but more importantly how he is learning to think! In addition, there is a real family feel...children are known and celebrated! A great combination of nurturing environment and challenging opportunities. Supportive teachers and faculty work hard to help every student become confident and capable. My son has come out of his shell and found his place! I hear everyday about "What I have learned" and "Mommy do you know that.....?" I am astounded by the teachers and entire faculty that support my son daily. This is the best kept secret of Atlanta!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2014

Like another parent stated, the school is nestled in a very homogenous entitled community that lacks true representation of the real world. The school is nowhere near where it should be as it relates to diversity. The school is small, but is one huge political arena. If you seek and or support diversity and fairness, consider all school options. Administration picks and chooses which situations that will be dealt with and which situations will be swept under the rug which sends a very strong message to students and leaves it overtly apparent that different rules apply to the students. The core of equity theory says that individuals judge the fairness of their treatment. Until this becomes of minimal importance to those in administration, morale will continue to be an issue.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2014

We have multiple kids here and they all enjoy school and are receiving a uniquely excellent education. We have not had any bullying issues and it is my opinion that the educators are all focused 100% on providing the best possible learning environment for the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2014

This school is so focused on the image of the "perfect" student, that it doesn't leave room for the majority of average students. The administration makes every effort to keep any students with learning differences or diversity out of the school. It is a very homogenous entitled community lacking any true representation of the real world. They are willing to spend thousands of dollars on technology, but forget hiring any additional teachers to help students that may develop a need for additional tutoring. Bullying has also been a problem recently with any kids that don't fit the mold of a perfect kid.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 9, 2013

My middle school son attended for 1.5 years. Ultimately we withdrew him because he was emotionally bullied by a few key administrators and after-school staff. There are several fabulous faculty members who are student-centered; however, a few key adults hold power beyond what their functional title would imply. As parents, we could not support the myopic views they perpetrated. If you are even mildly liberal or support diversity of thought, this is NOT the school for your child or your family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2013

Mt. Vernon is an Awesome school. I am a sub at several private Christian Schools in the Atlanta area and Mt. Vernon is my favorite place to teach. I cannot say enough about the quality of students that attend and the teachers who teach. The leadership and vision of the school is right on target with Christian Values. They are the best well balanced private school in North Atlanta! Well worth the money for the excellent education and facilities that are provided to the students.

Posted April 27, 2013

Mount Vernon is simply the best school in the area. We evaluated every independent school in the Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs area - and we are simply thrilled with our choice. Our kids love going to school. The curriculum is challenging and innovative. Teachers are engaged, progressive and caring. This is a school on the move. I highly recommend Mount Vernon!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 14, 2013

We love Mount Vernon Presbyterian school. We have been attending this school for 6 years and it just gets better every year. It is a warm, loving environment that is also academically challenging. Also, the school is innovative, and not stuck in old-school practices. The school community has a family feel, and the parent involvement is high.
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Posted January 13, 2013

Mount Vernon is home to a warm, loving, exceptional environment that allows our girls to be challenged, grow, and love The Lord. Our family is blessed to have our girls there. love our school!
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Posted January 11, 2013

The teachers are both caring and encouraging role models for their students. The academics are challenging and progressive, the atmosphere is one of a tight knit community which promotes both spiritual and academic growth in your child. All and all a great place for your child to attend school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2013

The teachers at MVPS are superb! They are dedicated to student learning and always go above and beyond. Wonderful opportunities for students to participate in a wide variety of "extras." A very family oriented school with lots of opportunities for parent involvement. Interim week for Upper School students is fantastic---travel experiences have been outstanding.
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Posted January 11, 2013

We moved our child from public school to MVPS last year. We have been so impressed with the school and staff. The teachers are so positive and really care for the students. The staff is extremely engaging and so supportive of each student and their personal growth. Our child is so much happier at MVPS than the previous school. The teaching model has been fantastic and really keeps the students engaged. We couldn't be happier with MVPS and feel so fortunate that our child attends such a dynamic school.
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Posted December 19, 2012

We could not be happier with our experience at Mount Vernon. We have two children in the School and have been more than pleased with the excellent teachers, great leadership, and family atmosphere. Mount Vernon is focused on delivering the best 21st century education and it plays out at every level. We see teachers dedicated to learning and striving to provide the most innovative classroom experiences. We see welcoming students, always eager to collaborate with each other. We see engaged parents, partnering with the School on many different levels. This is an exciting time for Mount Vernon. We are pleased with the forward-thinking leadership team and we are so happy our children are learning to be more than college ready. They are collaborators, communicators, ethical decision-makers, innovators, solution seekers, and creative thinkers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2012

The high school is more hype than reality. The current website and promo materials do not reflect reality. When we began, it promoted itself as a warm, cozy and caring place with small classes. It now promotes itself as a cutting edge innovative 21st century school. Unfortunately, it is not what it was nor what it wants to be. For example, the school promotes its Write Now program. While it is true that each week the kids write a short timed essay, the administration acts as if the students get feedback. This does not happen. The writing exercises are not a learning experience, but instead a way for poor writers to simply repeatedly fail. While there are some wonderful, innovative and creative teachers, the school also condones lazy, incompetent teachers who give computerized canned multiple choice quizzes & tests and few other assessments. This school has a great vision, but it has not put the building blocks in place to effectively execute that vision. MVPS currently suffers from significant growing pains. It may be a great school in the future. For now, I'd think carefully before I put my child in high school here. I wish we had made a different choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2012

Fantastic school!!! We have had several children go through the school. Each of them loved it and they entered the colleges that they wanted. There have been many changes in the high school due to the growth (it's only 6 years old). Last spring was another one of these big changes where some faculty left voluntarily and involuntarily. Some people were not happy at that time (I see one reviewer commented on this). However, now seeing the school this year, those changes have resulted in an even better high school. The high school principal had to make some tough decisions but in the end, the school has taken a step upward.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2011

The lower school is great, and has been so for 30+ years. The middle school is also very strong. The upper school (9-12) has struggled since its inception several years ago. Overall school leadership is weak, and has difficulty attracting and retaining both students and teachers. We have been parents here for over 10 years, and the current head of school simply will not listen to feedback. Too much vision, no execution...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2011

A once and hopefully future excellent school to send your kids. The current Dean of Upper School Students is extremely harmful to the upper school students in his classroom, his religion seminar, his office and in the hallways of Mount Vernon. This Dean disrespects and bullies students, parents and fellow teachers. The Headmaster is either ignorant that this behavior is occurring or, worse, is condoning it. If a correction can occur in this key role soon, this school can return to greatness.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 3, 2010

I have been a student at Mount Vernon for 4 years now. At first, I was very impressed. The teachers seemed very smart and they really care. The lower school's guidance counselor was AMAZING! In seventh grade, my class moved across the street to the Glenn Campus. The Glenn Campus is a nice, new campus. I started to notice how greedy, ungrateful, and rude the other students are in 7th grade. Eighth grade is my last year at Mvps. I decided it was time to leave after many episodes of theft, bullying, and my life was threatened by another MVPS student. After many meetings with the faculty and staff of mvps, they have yet to lift a finger about it. We pay this expensive tuition, and receive no help from the staff whatsoever. We might as well have gone to Sandy Springs Middle.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 15, 2009

Amazing teachers who show love and care for our children teaching them great things!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 44%
Asian 3% 2%
Black 3% 40%
Hispanic 1% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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