"We want prospective families to be excited about the process and feel confident that we are here to support their student and their individual journey"

Guidance for After High School

Colleges and universities are asking strategic questions about the future of learning. As a result, Mount Vernon intentionally fosters deep knowledge of science, cultures, and society, intellectual and practical skills, a commitment to personal and social responsibility, and the ability to apply learning to complex problems and challenges.

With enthusiasm and devotion, the College Counseling team maximizes every Upper School student’s potential, recognizing their unique goals and aspirations.

Meet the Team

View Bio
Dr. Erin McCubbin Executive Director
Student & Graduate Success
View Bio
Aerial Dickerson Associate Director
Academic & College Counseling
View Bio
Ryan May Associate Director
Academic & College Counseling
View Bio
Alejandro Ramirez Associate Director
Academic & College Counseling
View Bio
Jarrett Tate Associate Director
Academic & College Counseling

Each member of this team brings experience from the college admission side of the process, evaluating applications from all 50 states and around the world. Having made admissions decisions, structured financial aid and scholarship packages, and shaped incoming college classes, their vast understanding of the college admissions system is a tremendous asset to our applicants.


Over the course of four years, our College Counselors cultivate strong relationships with every Upper School family, in order to find the optimal college fit for each student.

Through academic and college advising, a significant amount of planning and preparation goes into creating the blueprint for a customized, comprehensive, and collaborative process.

Focus – How does Upper School work?

Knowledge & Empowerment

Counselors work with freshmen to understand the nuances of the grading system at Mount Vernon and the impact that honors and AP courses have on their GPA. Getting a peak behind the curtain empowers students to understand the impact of their choices.

Game-Based Learning

Counselors use games to teach students about differences in the ACT/SAT, the college application process, and other counseling and college terms they need to learn in a fun and interactive way.

Focus – How to get involved and explore opportunities for deeper involvement on Campus

Atlanta Invitational Case Studies

Sophomore families particulate in an invite-only mock admissions process with 75 top colleges from around the United States to learn in-depth about how an application is reviewed for admission.

Counselor Assignment

At the end of the year, each family is assigned a dedicated college counselor who will work with them throughout the remainder of your student’s tenure at Mount Vernon.

Focus – How to make an impact

One-on-one with family’s college counselor

To kick off the one-on-one process, each student meets with his/her college counselor to begin mapping out his/her college process.

Customized College Search Guidance

All students receive a customized list of colleges to consider based on their individual passions and preferences.

National College Fairs and College Visits

On average, 100 colleges and universities will visit Mount Vernon in the fall.

Focus – Project Management

Each student works from a customized timeline that keeps them ahead of deadlines throughout their application process. Routine 1:1 meetings with their college counselor keeps them ahead of the game.

Senior Traditions

From the Senior Retreat to quarterly breakfasts, special uniform rules, the App Map, and countless graduation season events, each moment in the senior journey is carefully crafted to make it a year to remember!

Average Out of State College Attendance
in Scholarships (excluding HOPE) since 2015
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Student Community Service Hours per year


While the college counseling experience begins freshman year, all Upper School students will be assigned a college counselor in the spring of their sophomore year. This will be the student’s counselor for the remainder of their Mount Vernon experience.

On average, 100 schools will visit with students in the fall.

14 Advanced Placement Courses are offered in the Upper School:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Comparative Government
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US Government
  • AP US History
  • AP World History

Students can take no more than 8 AP courses during their Upper School experience. We find that most students take an average of 5 AP courses.

Since 2021, the average scholarships amassed is $8M per class, not including HOPE or athletic awards.

On average, 65% of students attend an out-of-state school.

Yes. Students have or are applying to schools in Canada, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

  • Morehead-Cain (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
  • National Merit
  • Stamps Scholar (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Robertson Scholar Finalist (Duke University)
  • Jefferson Scholarship Semi-Finalist (University of Virginia)

Yes. In Grade 10, all students take a PrinciplesYOU assessment, which produces a 30-40 page aptitude report.

Dual Enrollment

Our Dual Enrollment program with Arizona State University offers additional online courses for rising Grades 11 and 12. Courses include:

  • First Year Comp
  • Research/Writing
  • US History to 1865
  • Europe and the Mediterranean: Ancient and Medieval History
  • Intro to Psych
  • Intro to Sociology

ASU Logo

Why partner with ASU?

They are ranked #1 in global impact making them the perfect mission-aligned partner, and college credits from ASU are accepted at both UGA and Georgia Tech in addition to a long list of colleges and universities across the country.

The relationship doesn’t end after graduation. We’ve been supporting a lot of MV alumni with graduate school, too!



College Counseling Resources

School Profile Schedule a Meeting Request Official Transcript