Welcome to the Mount Vernon Community School District! The mission of our district is focused on fostering the growth and confidence of our students as learners and people. In pursuit of this mission we believe that all students can learn at high levels, and meeting the social and emotional needs of all students is critical to fulfilling this mission for our students. Through a rigorous academic program, combined with a robust activities program, the Mount Vernon Community School District promotes excellence in academics, arts, and athletics.
Mount Vernon Community School District students are committed to service, and involved in a variety of activities. A typical student engages in a rigorous academic program while also being involved in a variety of activities in the arts, in athletics, and in extracurricular activities. Mount Vernon Community School District students consistently score well above state and national averages on state and national assessments, and perform at higher levels than many of their peers in other districts. All of this leads to students being prepared for life after graduation, as evidenced in the success of Mount Vernon graduates in a variety of career fields. These students thrive under the guidance of an outstanding group of teachers and support staff, many of whom are community members and parents of students in the district. Almost two-thirds of the teachers have earned a Master’s Degree or higher, and are committed to engaging in ongoing professional development in support of student learning.
The Mount Vernon Community School District emcompasses the community of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and its surrounding area. Mount Vernon is located in the thriving Corridor area of Eastern Iowa, in close proximity to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Mount Vernon residents enjoy all the advantages of small-town living, while having access to all the amenities of city life within a 15-20 minutes of the community. With its historic uptown area, Cornell College, new housing areas, and exciting new facilities including the Mount Vernon Community School District Performing Arts Center, Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center, and the Russell Science Center at Cornell College, Mount Vernon is rich in history, including having five sites listed on the National Register. Mount Vernon is frequently recognized by various organizations as an exemplary community, including a recent designation of “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel.
Mount Vernon is truly a great place to live, work, grow, and learn!