Our students have a need.

We have outgrown our spaces and this building will be a game-changer for everyone: our students; our community; our city. Together, we will build the most innovative High School in America.

We need you.

The contributions of our Leading Pioneers will give our community the best opportunity to design a better world.

Your contribution will guarantee their success.

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What the future can hold.

We have one shot at directly impacting a generation of students, which is why Mount Vernon seeks to be a destination for anyone wishing to design a better world. Since 2015, we have engaged our community about how to design a timeless Upper School building--a dynamic learning space that will support the needs of the Class of 2020 and beyond.

Fast Facts

  • $20 million project to build Mount Vernon’s new Upper School building
  • Pursuing $10 million in donations from the MV community; $8.8 million raised so far with $1.2 million to go — this amount represents the furniture, equipment and technology the School plans to purchase in January 2019 for the classrooms, performing arts spaces, maker studios, and science labs
  • Construction began in June 2018; building opens in August 2019
  • The Class of 2020 will be the first class to graduate from the new building
  • Today’s eighth graders will be the first class to experience all four years in the new building
  • Middle School grades 6-8 will move into the current Upper School building in August 2019; grade 5 will fold into Lower School and remain on Founders Campus
  • 57,000 square feet; 3.5 stories
  • This building will accommodate a maximum of 400 students (current Upper School enrollment is 350 students)
  • 20 classrooms, 2 STEM labs, 2 maker and design studios, 4 community spaces, collaborative faculty hubs, and study spaces
  • Dedicated arts spaces: visual arts, digital design, Black Box Theater, dance, and band/choral
  • Full-service kitchen and café
  • School store and spirit shop
  • Multi-purpose, multi-functional, adaptable, interactive, timeless design
  • 40-50 additional parking spaces

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Why we are Pioneers

Marie Graham: Why I'm a Pioneer

MVPS Humanities teacher Marie Graham shares an inspiring reason why she chooses to be a Pioneer–a supporter of the campaign to build a new Upper School–The Pioneer Tomorrow Campaign.

Coach T: Why I’m a Pioneer

As Mount Vernon’s basketball season gets underway, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Tarrik Mabon (a.k.a. Coach T) takes a moment to share why he and his family are fully behind the campaign to build a new Upper School — Pioneer Tomorrow.

Pioneer Tomorrow: A Call to Action

With 100+ families stepping up during the silent phase and the full support of the School’s Board of Trustees and our faculty and staff, Pioneer Tomorrow Campaign Parent Chairs Todd and Debbie House explain why NOW is the time is for every family to find their place in the campaign.

Erin McCubbin: Why I'm a Pioneer

Mount Vernon’s Upper School Head of Academic and College Counseling shares how the campaign to Pioneer Tomorrow will provide students greater opportunities to expand their story.

Wayne Dabbs: Why I'm a Pioneer

As the School community comes together to build a new Upper School through the Pioneer Tomorrow Campaign, Mount Vernon’s Varsity Head Football Coach Wayne Dabbs takes a moment to share with everyone why he’s a Pioneer.

Start With Questions

In this video, Chief Philanthropy Officer Rosalyn Merrick and Chief of External Affairs Allison Toller take a moment to address some of the most commonly asked questions as well as how the community can learn more about Pioneer Tomorrow.

Frontier Pioneers

Meet Sage. She is a pioneer in the fifth grade. Her curiosity, imagination, and drive have been ignited through Mount Vernon’s Maker, Design, and Engineering Program. By following her passions, she has become a coder, a fabricator, and a craftswoman.

Leading Pioneers

Emily, a recent MV graduate and a student at the School since Kindergarten, is currently seeking a degree in aeronautical engineering from Georgia Tech. She credits her former teachers and their innovative approach to learning, as keys to her success.