Relationships are foundational to
establishing a life-long love of learning.

A 4-Year Plan

A unique, individualized approach for your child.

Over the course of four years, our College Counselors cultivate strong relationships with each family in order to find the optimal college fit. All have college admissions experience, which positions them to speak from both sides of the table. Their process is customized, comprehensive, and collaborative.

In grades nine and ten, students meet with one of our three college counselors every 6-8 weeks.

Beginning the summer after tenth grade, each student is matched with one college counselor with whom they will meet with individually throughout grades eleven and twelve.

  • Freshman Year

    How does Upper School work?
    The year for building a strong network and foundation.

    Learning Strategies – Counselors work with freshmen to take inventory of what learning strategies work best for them and how to best maximize them in the classroom.

    Game-Based Learning – Counselors use Family Feud style 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.

  • Sophomore Year

    How do I get involved?
    Exploring Opportunities for Deeper Involvement on Campus.

    Atlanta Invitational Case Studies – Sophomore families participate in an invite-only mock admission 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

  • Junior Year

    How do I make an impact?
    Legacy Building and Creating vs Participating.

    One-on-ones with your 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, talents, and preferences. 

    National College Fairs and College Visits – On average, 120 colleges and universities will visit Mount Vernon in the Fall.

  • Senior Year

    How do I leave a legacy?
    Support and events to create life-long relationships.

    Preparing for what’s next – Senior year is about leaving a legacy and making memories that will last a lifetime. Our counseling team helps students slow down and take the time to meaningfully say thank you to their families, teachers, and one another. As they prepare to embark on their next adventure, they’ll have built the capacity to develop long-term professional and personal relationships.

    Senior Retreat – Before the first day of school, all seniors attend a two-day retreat with the college counselors to craft college essays, fine-tune resumes, and jump-start college application work.

    Monthly Senior Breakfast – Provides time and space for seniors to catch up with one another and share their progress, while receiving valuable information from their counselors and building community.

    Senior Traditions – Mount Vernon has many senior traditions from the “I got into college!” bell, putting a flag on the map for their choice school when they decide to matriculate to a college, to decorating their senior shirts at the end of the year.

Your College Counseling Team

Erin McCubbin
Head of Academic and College Counseling
[email protected]

Ryan May
Associate Director of College Counseling
[email protected]

Aerial Dickerson
Associate Director of College Counseling
[email protected]

#MVPINS

As tradition goes, when a student applies, gets accepted, or matriculates to a university, they get the chance to pin the map in the College Counseling office. Check out the latest pins on twitter by following #mvpins!

Acceptances and Matriculation

With acceptances to schools such as Duke University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of Notre Dame, United States Air Force Academy, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Mount Vernon alumni continue to cascade a legacy of impact.

2019 Enrollments Include

American University
Auburn University
Augusta University
Baylor University
Berry College
Brown University
Bucknell University
Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina
Clemson University
College of Coastal Georgia
Converse College
Florida State University
George Washington University
Georgia College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Hampton University
High Point University
James Madison University
Kennesaw State University
Lafayette College
Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University New Orleans
Mercer University
Miami University, Oxford
Reinhardt University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Texas Christian University
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Miami
University of North Georgia
University of South Carolina – Columbia
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of West Georgia
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington State University
Xavier University

View all acceptances – 2015-2019

Frequently Asked Questions

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Mount Vernon at a Glance

100% of Mount Vernon graduates are accepted to college.

Students across all divisions are creating with organizations from local non-profits to Fortune 100 companies.

As a school of Design Thinking, Mount Vernon students are identifying real-world issues, collaborating through research, testing their results, and producing prototypes to impact the world.

Typically, each senior class has brought in $4-6 million (excluding HOPE Scholarship).

Across both campuses, students have access to facilities for athletics, arts, Maker Design & Engineering, socializing, and outdoor recreation.

Innovation Diploma is a 3 to 4-year program that culminates with students creating long term professional relationships and facilitating positive change in partnered organizations and communities.

Discover Innovation Diploma

From fine arts to virtual reality, All-school productions to 72-hour plays, the Mount Vernon arts program offers students a nearly limitless opportunity to perform.

Discover Mount Vernon Arts

The Mount Vernon School offers students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 a variety of athletic opportunities through Mustangs in Training and competitive team sports.

Discover Mount Vernon Athletics

Curiosity creates the ultimate environment for
exploration, discovery, and limitless possibility.

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