day of rally schedule

7:30 am Students arrive at school as usual (both campuses)
10:00 am – Families in place on Upper Campus (parking instructions below)
10:15 am – Mustang Rally Opening Parade (all grades participate)
10:45 am – Field Races on the UC Field including Alpha (Preschool)/Omega (Seniors) Race
11:20 am – Field Announcements
11:30 am – Dismissal:

  • Preschool – Grade 5 students must be signed out by parents (or authorized individual) prior to joining the Family Picnic/Carnival
  • MS students will be released, but cannot leave campus
  • US students have permission to leave campus

11:30 am – All-Family Picnic
11:50 am – Faculty report to assigned areas
12:00 pm – Carnival opens
2:30 pm – Carnival closes and MUSTANG RALLY ends
8:00 pm – Silent Auction closes

*There is NO extended play on April 26.
*There is NO afternoon carpool line on either campus on April 26.



When is Mustang Rally?

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Friday, April 26, 2024 (all day)

What is Mustang Rally?

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Mustang Rally is Mount Vernon’s biggest community event of the year, and it directly supports student programming, making an impact on every Mustang’s experience. This springtime tradition is something our students, parents, and faculty/staff embrace and look forward to each year. The day begins with a student parade leading into a family picnic and an over-the-top carnival as well as a silent auction with amazing opportunities and experiences. Funds received benefit all students by supporting the MV Fund. Gifts made to the MV Fund are pivotal to our ability to create the Mount Vernon experience our families expect and deserve. Giving impacts every aspect of Mount Vernon, from academic, arts, athletics and IDEA programs, to our extracurricular opportunities, our campus and facilities and more!

  • Make a bid. The Silent Auction will officially open on April 19 at 8:00 am via online mobile auction software. Bidding closes at 8:00 pm on April 26. The auction will feature desirable school items including the much sought-after Teacher Experiences, carpool queen, a graduation package and many others. Do not miss out on these amazing opportunities.
  • See the Parade. Celebrate the arrival of each grade as they parade by and take their place on the field. Don’t miss the arrival of preschoolers with seniors, affectionately representing the Alpha (Preschool) and Omega (Seniors) of Mount Vernon.
  • Enjoy the rides and fun. The carnival runs from 12:00 – 2:30 pm and offers all of the fun of an old-fashioned carnival – complete with rides, games, and a dunking booth.

What are the details of becoming a Sponsor?

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Your sponsorship not only supports the School, but includes incredible benefits for the entire family, Please refer to this Mustang Rally page for more information. The sponsorship deadline is midnight March 20, 2024.

Is there a cost to participate in the Mustang Rally?

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If you elect not to sponsor, tickets for lunch and the carnival, as well as Mustang Rally t-shirts (all Mustang students will receive a Rally shirt, but parents can also order a shirt), will be available for pre-purchase March 20 – 31. Lunch and carnival tickets will continue to be available for pre-purchase from March 20 – April 12. Carnival tickets can be purchased at the event. We strongly encourage you to pre-order these items. Regular school lunch will not be served. The concession stand will also be available for purchasable items.

How will the funds be used?

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Funds received benefit all students by supporting the MV Fund. Gifts made to the MV Fund are pivotal to our ability to create the Mount Vernon experience our families expect and deserve. Giving impacts every aspect of Mount Vernon, from academic, arts, athletics and IDEA programs, to our extracurricular opportunities, our campus and facilities and more!

How does Rally day begin?

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Students arrive on campus as usual on Friday, April 26. Beginning at 9:45 am, students will gather on the Upper Campus and prepare for the kick-off of the Mustang Rally with the grade level parade. Parents and other family members should be in place at Upper Campus for the parade by 10:00 for a 10:15 am start.

What items should I preorder?

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We suggest families preorder the following items. Carnival tickets will be for sale through the hospitality tent at the event, but preordering tickets is your best bet to avoid long lines.

The deadline to order a Mustang Rally t-shirt is March 31. T-shirts are $20. Every Mount Vernon student (PK2-G12) will receive a Mustang Rally shirt, no need to order student t-shirts.

Family Lunch:
The deadline to order Mustang Rally Family lunch tickets and presale carnival tickets is April 12 at noon. The family lunch is $40 and serves 4 people, including 2 pulled chicken sandwiches, 2 hot dogs, 4 bags of chips, 4 chocolate chip cookies, and 4 waters in a commemorative 2024 Mustang Rally insulated bag. It is strongly advised to pre-order all items; no regular school lunch will be served, only items at concessions. We cannot guarantee extra lunches will be available at Mustang Rally; carnival tickets will be on sale at the event.

Carnival Tickets:
Carnival tickets are used to participate in all rides/booths at Mustang Rally. Rides and booths range from 1-5 tickets cost per individual. The new zipline will be 10 tickets. There are over 30 rides/activities to enjoy at Rally. Tickets can also be used at the concession stand for snacks/drinks. Carnival Tickets are $10 for 10 tickets, $20 for 20 tickets and $25 for 30 tickets.

Banner Benefactor:
With this special donation of $125, your name will be listed in the program as a Banner Benefactor and distinctive supporter of the Mustang Rally.

Rally Bundle:
This will get you 1 wristband for unlimited carnival rides and 20 concession tickets. Because it is past the deadline for sponsorships, your name will not be included as a sponsor.

Mustang Rally Parade Paddle Sign:
GREAT for seniors! New to the parade this year, parents may purchase a Rally Parade Paddle sign with a short message for their student to be held proudly by grade levels in the parade.

Click here for Mustang Rally Presale Tickets/T-shirts

Do students wear uniforms that day?

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Students may wear the special 2024 Mustang Rally t-shirts (all students PK3-G12 will receive a shirt).. Seniors may wear a shirt showing the college where they will attend. Appropriate jeans or shorts are allowed as are comfortable shoes for running and playing. NO bathing suits, please.

What can faculty/staff wear that day?

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Mustang Rally t-shirts will be delivered to teachers before the Rally. Teachers are asked to complete an order form for lunch and shirts. Teachers may wear jeans or shorts and comfortable shoes.

What is for lunch?

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Get your pre-purchased family lunch bags and meet friends and classmates on the lawn for the Family Picnic. If you choose not to pre-purchase a lunch, you may bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from the concession stand.

How are Lower School and Preschool students released to parents?

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Students in Preschool through grade 5 will be released to parents or authorized representatives (designated by parents) at 11:30 am. Parents will sign permission forms ahead of time to confirm who will pick up and be responsible for each student as they enjoy the picnic and carnival. Deadline to sign up is April 14.
No Extended Play will be available on Friday, April 26. There is also NO afternoon carpool line on Friday, April 26.

How are Middle School and Upper School students released?

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Students in grades 6-8 will be released at 11:30 am to enjoy the festivities and are expected to remain on campus until 2:30 pm. Upper School students will be released for the day at 11:30 am. Students leaving campus before 2:30 will NOT be allowed to re-enter. Cars are not allowed on campus for pick-up until after 2:30 pm

parking information

Visitor parking will be available at:

  • MVS Lower Campus PLEASE fill up this lot before going to an overflow lot
  • First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs, located at 650 Mount Vernon Highway Northeast. Please, do not park behind the church.
  • B’nai Torah, located at 700 Mount Vernon Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30328

Attendants will be in all lots, please follow their instructions on where to park.

Shuttles will run to/from all parking areas from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm 

  • Shuttle stop at morning Carpool Drop off on Lower Campus
  • Shuttle stop at First Baptist (look for shuttle stop sign)
  • Shuttle stop on Upper Campus near Upper School Building
  • Shuttle stop at B’nai Torah (look for shuttle sign)

Student drivers will be asked to park on Lower Campus following specific location instructions from the US Administrators, any leftover spaces will be available to guests.

There will be no parking on the Upper Campus on April 26 (except to vendors and some community level sponsors and corporate sponsors who will have a parking pass)

Corporate Sponsorship

If you are one of the many business executives or entrepreneurs in our community who either owns a business or is in a position to market organization for which you work, consider partnering with the School through a Corporate Sponsorship for Mustang Rally or one of our other signature events. Take advantage of the many ways to raise awareness for your products and/or services. Contact Molly Crane, Director of Community Giving and Impact.