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Alexandria, VA
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8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd
Alexandria, VA 22309

(703) 619-3100
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February 18, 2015
After looking at all of the parent,s reviews I have seen many low ratings. Before you make up your mind that Mount Vernon is a bad school, consider what you are about to read. All if not most of the reviews are by parents. PARENTS AREN'T THE ONES GOING TO SCHOOL. I am a student , a real freshman student and Mount Vernon is the best school I have ever been to. I now go to a school with a 5 star rating because of parents liking the school, although students don't like it very much. Since I have left my confidence has dropped, significantly.

- submitted by a student
February 10, 2015
As a military family with many years in DODEA schools where I served on the school board for many years, we are very disappointed in MTVHS. We thought MTVHS would be the right school for our child because of it's smaller size, other schools in F/FX County are huge. We were very wrong. This school is light years behind DODEA in every aspect. The sports program is bad, the arts program is poor...the musical program is a joke. Their IB Program is minimal in comparison to others. The admin seems to be clueless to the problems in the school, too. It is very diverse, which we like in a school, but the student social levels are very much a problem. The pep rallies and the basketball and football games are more like unto prison break outs with screaming out of control unattended rude students everywhere. School spirit does not mean vulgar rude behavior at such events. I have never seen a member of the admin try to control the students at these events and I attended every football game at MT

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
My daughter is a freshman in High School. she never failed a class till she step foot in Mount Vernon High School. Her teacher is always giving her a hard time. the Principal leadership is failing. she needs to hire better teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
CRAZEH, 5 Stars Man. Very Diverse and stylish ways of teaching, Exellent IB program as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Mount Vernon continues to be a great school, having great athletic and extra curricular activities, but most of all GREAT teachers. We are thrilled to have our last of 5 entering this year!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
So far this school has been very welcoming and helpful. We are military and new to the East Coast, so it was very important to us that the school be military firendly and understaning to transitioning students.We are looking forward to the new year!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
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 teacher
July 23, 2012
Cannot say enough about this school (positive). Yes, there is a diverse student population, I enjoy that, as do my kids! Students, faculty and staff are very friendly and it's very cool to see the different students interacting. There is a top notch ROTC program, great sport programs, drama/other extra curricular activities, good parental involvement, and so far the teachers have been top notch!! I'm particularly impressed with the leadership and guidance departments, and how they truly support the teachers, students, and parents! For such a large student body, so many cultures and personalities (in the students and staff) it's certainly a fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
Great principal, some great teachers, a lot of good teachers. Potential for friction with so much diversity but the administration handles it well.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
Let's try this again. We have only been at Mount Vernon for a year. My daughter came from a very small school and we were concerned about the size. My daughter also has a 504 education plan, another concern: would it be adhered to, would she fall through the cracks, would she fit it? I am THRILLED to report that we have had nothing but positive response and assistance in helping our child succeed through this transition, and she is thriving. We love the diverse population and the students and staff seem to be happy!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2012
With the exception of 1 or 2 teachers over the course of our 4 years and 2 of 6 kids at Mount Vernon High School (and any issues with a teacher have been promptly and courteously handled appropriately) we could not be happier with the teachers and the counselors. As other reviewers have stated-there is a sincere interest in the individual student and and a genuine warm and caring staff from the front office on. We could not be more pleased!!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
With the exception of one awful biology teacher, I have been happy with my daughter's teachers at Mount Vernon. She is being challenged in most classes, although some teachers have a hard time getting the classes under control from disrespectful students. This has made the learning environment difficult for my freshman.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
Not a great school. I have two kids in this school, I have a freshman at this school and his teacher don't seem to care about him. His failing 2 classes, and he said Soar time doesn't seem to work because his teachers are failing half the class and all they do is busy work dong that time, and they don't even help him when he needs help. Graduation rates are low and not a good school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
Mount Vernon is an excellent school with excellent faculty. Very responsive to parents and truly dedicated to their students. My children had all been through elementary and middle school in private school, my oldest two through private high school. I am so much happier at Mount Vernon than I was with my oldest two boys private high school. Truly a team approach to education! Can't say enough about how truly pleased I am!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
caring teachers diverse student body

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
This is my childs second year at this school. We are a military family and have been to several schools all over the world. I am disappointed with this school. The sports department...mainly football is horrible. The coach doesnt listen to his players and the staff doesnt listen to the parents. He had the team moving office furniture around and up and down the stairs for practice one evening. The school discipline also needs improvement. Children are on the grounds smoking and nothing is said to them! They do need more extra curricular activities and also need more counselor-parent interaction so we can prepare and make sure our children are on the right path for college!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Mt. Vernon High School has the most diverse population in the area. Many of the students are from immigrant families who don't speak English. All students are encouraged to achieve and learn. When I tutored in ESOL I had a student who's reading skills improved from low 20s to high 50s. While this was still failing on the grading score, we were thrilled with the progress. I witnessed all the student's self-confidence levels rise considerably again an achievement there is no way to measure. The Administration, Faculty, Parents and Students work very hard and are proud of their school.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2008
They have amazing sports teams. THeir Pre-IB program is phenomenal and the teachers are willing to help and are just overall excellent. If your are not into sports, there isn't much else to do. Great school for athletes and dedicated students. The new principal is doing a great job in trying to present a more positive image of the school to the community. Great school overall. I wouldn't send my children to any other high school in the county.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
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January 10, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating January 04, 2008
I've had children in MVHS for the past 9 years. There has always been a math team, as well as an 'It's Academic' quiz team. The engineering/robotics club formed within the past 5 years. The drama staff is new for the 2007-2008 school year.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2007
This is the second year for the principal and she is doing a great job. She continues to look for ways to reach ALL students by working with teachers to develop good relationships with the students. This provides a support system and an interest in each student's education. There are some great teachers at Mount Vernon and more are being added each year. The principal also looks for ways to get parents involved and interested in their student's education. She also is very strict about modest dress and has a zero tolerance for fighting and disrespect. Mount Vernon High School is a school that is on the way UP!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
Fantastic Field Hockey teams. Lots of sports and clubs to join. Helpful teachers who constantly communicate with parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
Our child is in Pre-IB 9th grade classes and her teachers are good. Because IB classes are open to anyone, as a single class or as a full load, there are undesireable behaviors in several of her classes. The disappointment is the kids' lack of discipline/respect that is accepted by staff. Rules are not consistently enforced; kids are too aggressive, rude, and physical. It wasn't what we expected but we are trying to get through it. There is very little parent involvement, though the parents who do volunteer in the school work very hard.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
MVHS has a good band and a good lacrosse team, and I think good sports overall. But if you're not into sports... the rest of the extracurriculars are the pits, because of non-support and bad decisions by the administration. No chess club, no math team, etc. Drama was actively killed off by bad staffing decisions. They are getting another new principal for next year, and no one is optimistic. There are a very few parents who put a lot into it, I don't know why, out of civic duty or something, or because they didn't realize what the school would be like when they moved into their house. The school's big focus is on 'accomodating diversity' meaning hip-hop reigns supreme at the dances and middle-class standards of behavior are tossed to the wind. The IB classes are staffed by quality teachers, though.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
My son is a Junior at this school and so far we really like it. They have an amazing IB program and their English and Math teachers are awesome. Also, the counselors are really great and helpful, and they have a wonderfully run Career Center. Don't let yourself be misled by the lower than other high schools test scores. The faculty here is very competent. JROTC program is pretty good. As in all high school there is a fight once in a while, but they usually get it quickly under control.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
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Mount Vernon High School
8515 Old Mount Vernon Rd, Alexandria, VA  22309
(703) 619-3100
Last modified Mount Vernon High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mount Vernon High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top