Mount Vernon's IDEA Statement

Anchored in Christian values — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, relationships at Mount Vernon are foundational to learning. Preparing students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders calls us to lean in to inclusion, diversity, equity, and action.

Creating and cultivating connections between all people, ideas, and sectors, the School welcomes all learners to wrestle with voices and perspectives that challenge our assumptions, biases, stereotypes, and privileges. Not allowing our differences to divide us requires each of us to engage in honest, vulnerable, and courageous conversations through empathy, reflection, examination, and action. Being real agents of change is a continuous journey.

Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, our trust in each other strengthens our sense of identity, autonomy, and interdependence. As a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, we are committed to creating and sustaining a school culture where all members feel valued and safe, sharing their authentic selves to design a better world…together.

Expressions of Our Learning

More Than a Exhibit: Grade 3 Explores Social Justice
How might we curate an exhibit or experience that evokes empathy with others and builds awareness of social justice?

Addressing Differences with Grace, Honesty, Sensitivity, and Empathy
Diversity trainer and speaker Rosetta Lee visited the Mount Vernon campus, from Seattle, to consult our faculty and staff, while leading workshops throughout each division with parents and students on topics such as cross-cultural communication, identity development, prejudice reduction, coalition building, gender diversity, facilitation skills, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom.

Students Learn from Leaders of One of the World’s Best Brands: Mercedes
At the Upper School Business & Entrepreneurship Club’s first meeting of the school year with one of the largest crowds the club has ever seen, students welcomed Lars Minns, Head of Human Resources, NAFTA Region at Mercedes-Benz USA.

We Rise by Lifting Others
Furthering a commitment to serve its local community, The Mount Vernon School partnered with Agape Youth & Family Center for Helping Hands Day – an annually recurring service event held every September 11, dedicated to those who were affected by the 9/11 tragedy.

When Inspiration Becomes a Reality: the Made in MV Wall
Mount Vernon’s Human Family Tree project was inspired by the work of artist Shannon Willow. Clarkston city officials as well as over 100 volunteers from the local community came together to paint the exterior wall of Christ Community AME Church.

Preschool Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
We wanted children to know that Dr. King wanted all people, regardless of the color of their skin or what religion they followed or how much money they had, to be treated fairly and for everyone to choose kindness.

The Joy of the Journey
Upper School students traveled to Morocco to become immersed in a culture unlike their own, to lead, expand their boundaries, push themselves far beyond their comfort levels, and challenge their preconceived notions.

 

The Drum Major Instinct
Innovation Diploma students partnered with the Center for Civil and Human Rights creating a Virtual Reality based exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Made in MV: Courageous Conversations
In this second episode of MADE in MV, Mount Vernon’s Head of School Dr. Brett Jacobsen and Director of Multicultural Innovation and Diverse Networks Brandi Hoyos discuss another of the MADE in MV components: Courageous Conversations.

When Students Consult: Taking Innovation Diploma On The Road
Innovation Diploma students  traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to start a multi-year project alongside local students who are creating a virtual reality experience to better portray their daily lives.

Expeditions Bring Learning to Life
What if students could guide their own learning by formulating their own questions around passions and curiosities? What if they could discover their own answers rather than just passively learning whatever someone else decides to teach with that day?

Taking Justice Personally: Making a Case for Change
Mount Vernon taught me the value of working with people from diverse skillsets and working styles and how important it is to approach challenges from multiple angles in order to find the best solution.

Middle School Students Perform Fall One Acts: Box & Labeled, Humanities Identity Boxes Showcased
While preparing for the show, the performers were visited by internal MVXperts Director of Counseling Services Kelli Bynum and Director of Multicultural Innovation and Diverse Networks Brandi Hoyos. Each MVXpert spent time talking with the students about the challenges of living with the labels that others give us.

Class of 2021 Aqil Merchant Named to MCC 2019-20 Youth Advisory Board
Making Caring Common, a project through the Harvard Graduate School of education, aims to create a world where children learn to care about others. It encourages young people who hope to schools and communities more just, caring and respectful places.

Brandi Hoyos

Director of Multicultural Innovation and Diverse Networks

The integral role of multicultural innovation and diverse networks collaborates closely with School leadership to identify multicultural programmatic needs, strengthens the School’s diverse network through partnerships and external experts, and supports families to ensure an inclusive community with a particular focus on the needs and experiences of families of color.

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