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Mount Vernon High School

Public | 9-12 | 1406 students

 

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Posted April 26, 2014

I'm a graduate - in my class people went on to Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Brown, Penn, Brooklyn Poly, Vassar and other fine universities. They later went on to be Doctors, Lawyers, Professional Athletes, Musicians, Authors, etc. Mount Vernon High Mount Vernon, NY


Posted May 4, 2013

i studied in this school in1989 . great teachers. MR. SCHWARTZ,MR.PERKINS,ALPERT! HORTON, I LOVED IT. GOOD FRIENS!!!!!!! I RECEIVED GREAT EDUCATION.


Posted March 6, 2013

Horrible school! The kids have no manners and the teachers truly do not teach them any! They need help! I sent my son to this school and took him right out. He was getting a grade average of a D. Then I sent him to Pelham Memorial High School where he was getting a grade average of A.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

AS A FORMER STUDENT (CLASS OF '65) I CAN ONLY LOOK BACK WITH GREAT MEMORIES. MORE IMPORTANTLY I RECEIVED A GREAT EDUCATION. THE CIRRICULUM WAS FANTASTIC AND THE TEACHERS WERE WONDERFUL AND I LEFT WITH A WELL ROUNDED EDUCATION WITH GREAT SKILLS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE MANY OF THE CLASSED OFFERED THEN ARE NO LONGER OFFERED IN MANY SCHOOLS TODAY. I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN A STUDENT AT MVHS. I BASE MY RATING ON MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE BACK IN THE 60'S.


Posted August 12, 2012

I use to go to this Mt. Vernon High school a long time ago... I graduated in 1977 out side in the hot sun at Memorial Field (those were good times) Back during the time that i was in school, i had some wonderful teachers. Back in that time the students learned and the teachers cared!!! I was reading some of these students comments, and i must say i'm flabberghasted about what's been going on at Mt. Vernon High.... For the parents & students who are trying hard to get an education at this school, the best thing i can say is; Just try and stay focus on your education; and try not to get caught up in the ramifications of the non-sense that's going on.... Back during my time in Mt Vernon High, it was a fantastic school, where teachers cared about their students, and students cared about their education.... Today, i say for those wanting to learn, you continue on and don't get bogged down with the non-sense that's going on around you; because before you know it, you'll be graduating and moving on to bigger and better things that life has to offer you. So don't give up on Mt Vernon High, just stick it out and you'll survive. Who knows, you could come back and change the school around!


Posted June 15, 2012

Being a student in this school for one year I like the school but it's the students who are horrible. They are uncontrollable and use abusive language. And one thing I don't like about the school is how less your counselors actually care about you. I hated the way my counselor was. She always seemed to be busy and was of little help to me. But the teachers in the school are great and if you are a student who is seriously interested about studying the teachers go to great lengths to help you. I'm pleased I'm leaving this school but I'm sad I'll miss my teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2010

Overall, MVHS had its ups and downs. Although it is not the safest school for a student, the teachers take great interest in the academic success of its students. Many sports are offered at the school. There are after school programs along with volunteer opportunities around the community. MVHS should improve its security, as many feel unsafe.


Posted April 22, 2010

To put it simple about how bad this school is, the school just randomly exploded in a way to end itself. However since the school can't do anything right, it also has failed at that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2010

this school is riduclously slow in trying to improve whats going on in the class, and paying to much attenntion to whats going on int the school hallways. whats truly important to the students is being comppetely ignore due to the fact of the riff-raffs who need to be handled in a different manner. class are continually being disturbed because of the loud 'security gaurds,' and i use that title very sparingly. Their jobs are to protect the peopl ein the building but all they do is yell and scream at the kids that are in the hall. I truly am embarrassed to go to this school. the only good that comes from the school seems to be what thee basketball or track team accomplish.


Posted October 21, 2009

This is a horrible school...There are constant fights and the entire system sucks...The children are very violent...I am currenlty in the process of transferring my child out of this hell hole...They should close the school down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

As a social worker who works as an advocate for students who attend this school ...it is absolutely horrible. The guidance department and administrative staff do nothing to promote the well being of these children. I am disgusted how this school works and advise any parent to steer clear of placing your child in this school. I admire the teachers who have to work under the supervision of people who have no professionalism whatsoever.


Posted May 15, 2009

mount vernon high is making a valliant effort to meet the needs of all students in the face of gross misconduct by several students. The principal is amenable and works to deal with situations to the best of his ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

its horrible, kids just do what they want and at points im scared to sending my children to school their. as a mother its horrible no discipline and somehow the teachers look like they dont do anything. anyone thinking of transferring or going their my advice is bad decision cusz its a horrible,frightning school with nothing to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2008

I am a student currently attending the 'Summer Credit Recovery Program' to graduate in August. I have made my mistakes and must account for them. Activities such as cutting class and fighting are a major problem for both myself and the other few thousand students that attend the school. That may be the case, but teachers, security, and other school staff do not take initiative in making sure students do what they should. If they had I would have graduated two years earlier. :) Seriously, though, there are some great teachers and staff in Mount Vernon High School and I appreaciate there help. There are also those that enable the students to participate in juvenile behavior and I hope that is taken care of after I graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2008

this school ifs freakin horrible! the counselors dont care about you even if they make it seem like they do.MVHS is bad dontsedn your kids here.If we forget our id we wait outside even if its snowing!.NO COMPASION IN THIS SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2008

I am the proud parent of a studnet of this school. The school is great and rich in culture. It offers a wide variety of programs. The teachers are very dedicated. My son plays basketball and footbal, his coaches are positive role models in his life. I love this school. I would not send my son to any other high school, even if they paid me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

Teachers in Mt. Vernon H.S are very dedicated and committed to students' learning. They are very caring and take extra mile to help students to achieve the academic excellence
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2006

mount vernon high school is a very nice and intelligent high school. it is well discipline and well manners it as a good staff and student body. the students can be a little rough headed sometimes but they are just kids.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2005

I Think Mount Vernon High School is very un organized and some of the teachers have no sense
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

This is a really, different school, but it does have its up count.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
16%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
50%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
36%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
72%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

30 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
22%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
83%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
37%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
57%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
52%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students19%
Female22%
Male15%
African American17%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant19%

Chemistry

All Students50%
Female55%
Male41%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant50%

Earth Science

All Students35%
Female36%
Male32%
African American35%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities0%
General population38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%

English

All Students47%
Female51%
Male43%
African American46%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities27%
General population50%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%

Geometry

All Students29%
Female37%
Male17%
African American29%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population29%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant29%

Global History and Geography

All Students53%
Female51%
Male55%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities21%
General population59%
English language learners48%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%

Integrated Algebra

All Students25%
Female26%
Male24%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities10%
General population29%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%

Living Environment

All Students42%
Female43%
Male41%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities21%
General population46%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%

Physics

All Students8%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population8%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English8%
Non-migrant8%

U.S. History and Government

All Students43%
Female49%
Male37%
African American43%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities22%
General population46%
English language learners53%
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 1 80% 19%
Hispanic 2 15% 23%
White 2 3% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 270%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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100 California Rd
Mount Vernon, NY 10552
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