It is obvious that the positive reviews are written by administration. I've never seen a school with 100 CURRENT students that are sons/daughters of faculty/staff. Who do you think is writing the excellent "parent" reviews?? Faculty whose kids are getting a free ride? Who do you think gets the better grades and better treatment??
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School is an amazing independent school in the Atlanta area where children grow into fine young adults through learning at all levels of the school. Students graduate from MVPS as leaders among their peers. The teachers at MVPS are well renowned in their craft and participate in a great deal of professional development throughout their careers at MVPS. The teachers are also loving and kind and loved by the student body. MVPS administration is committed to making a great school even better on an ongoing basis and the families at the school are welcoming and friendly. This is a wonderful school and I look forward to having my children here for many years to come!
Not only are our children's teachers caring, warm, and creative, but they spend a great deal of time on their craft. We always hear about how they present at education conferences and how research guides much of their practice.
On countless occasions I have heard the headmaster encourage teachers and students to 'fail up' ...through this mantra, the community isn't afraid to try something new, to take a risk, and if one fails, he/she learns more from the failure than if he/she never tried.
While we emphasize these qualities at home, at Mount Vernon the teachers and staff hold our children to a high standard. Kindness and fairness are characteristics that are lived out and discussed in multiple ways--through their club experiences, chapel services, and their bi-monthly christian education groups.
We have two children in the school and have been more than pleased with the excellent teachers, great leadership, and welcoming, down-to-earth family atmosphere. We appreciate how the curriculum focuses on the skills (not just information) that our children will need in tomorrow's world. Our children are not just learning "the way" to solve a problem or memorizing facts, they are learning to think critically, analyze, and synthesize. Our children LOVE school. They LOVE their teachers. Who could ask for more? Recently, we were most impressed with the way the administration approached a situation with our oldest child. Together, we discussed a struggle she was having in class and came to a solution. We were blown away with their empathetic approach. They suggested a path for success and supported us and her every step of the way as it was resolved. I love my school.
Empathy is at the heart of design thinking. My child is encouraged to consider another person's point of view and do empathy interviews (!) and she's only 7! I love that MVPS is an Ashoka Changemaker School.
I was shocked to read some of the reviews as we have been at the school for almost 10 years. It makes you wonder what the real issues are for the unhappy students. As a family, we have watched it grow and mature into a school that our student can be very proud of. The teachers care for the students and are willing to help them to be successful. They take a genuine interest in each child however, at the same time have high expectations for the students - ethically, academically and socially. It is their job as an upper school student to request and seek additional help, the teachers are available throughout the day and after school just for students. Through the many opportunities offered they can choose to be leaders in the school. This includes sports, academics and the arts. Our child has thrived in the smaller environment and will be truly ready for college next year.