Mt. Vernon Township High School, located in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, the county seat of Jefferson County, Illinois, has an enrollment of approximately 1,300 students. The high school occupies 80 acres of land and consists of 7 buildings, an excellent athletic field complex, and a large theater.
Mt. Vernon High School has been integrated since its beginning in 1905. Approximately 17 percent of its students are minorities. The district has participated in various student exchange programs through the years and has students enrolled from many different countries. Hispanic and Asian students have attended Mt. Vernon High as regularly enrolled students.
Mt. Vernon High School, governed by a seven-member Board of Education, is a comprehensive high school and offers a varied curriculum to serve the needs and goals of its students. Courses and programs are available for a wide range of special needs students from the mentally and physically challenged to the exceptionally gifted and talented. Independent study programs are established if students have special needs for programs of studies not normally offered in the curriculum. Advanced Placement courses in calculus, American history, biology, literature and composition, and English language and composition enhance the school’s many offerings along with a number of dual credit courses.
The district has implemented a comprehensive technology plan that provides every classroom with access to an integrated voice video and data communication system. All classrooms are equipped with one or more computers, and high speed Internet access is available in all classrooms. The school’s library/media center serves students before and after school as well as during the school day. There, students may use computer technology to locate books and materials in the school’s library, in the library system, or in any other library participating in inter-library loan. The school library houses over 8,000 books, 125 magazines, 5 daily newspapers, microfilm, CD ROM's, videos, and more than 60 computers with Internet access.
AREA CAREER CENTER
The Area Career Center located on the “New” campus of Mt. Vernon Township High School was established in 1966 to help meet the needs of students in the region who desired training in the Career and Technical Education Programs. Additional Programs are being developed and will be developed upon the desires of the students and the needs of the communities served.
Realizing that one school district can seldom provide all the desired programs, the Boards of Education and the administrators of several districts chose to participate in an area career center concept. Mt. Vernon Township High School was chosen to serve as the host school because of its past leadership in Career and Technical Education, location as well as its existing facilities and equipment.
The Mt. Vernon Area Career Center was established to help prepare as many students as possible for their entrance into the world of work. The Center was established also to furnish more skilled and semi-skilled personnel to serve the needs of business and industry in the region.
Our new Area Career Center is designed specifically to facilitate 21st century rigor of study, multi-disciplinary engagement of students, and real life applications of learning through a design of efficiency and flexibility for the future.
EDUCATION TO CAREERS
Since 1985, Mt. Vernon High School has participated in the Illinois Education for Employment Program. This program promotes increased emphasis on general academic and employment skills, technology, and specific skill development for participating students in Hamilton and Jefferson Counties. Services are provided through the Rend Lake Regional Delivery System for Vocational Education. The six high schools and Rend Lake Community College, which comprise the Rend Lake Delivery System, meet regularly to plan and coordinate a regional articulated approach to providing career and technical education.
Academically, Mt. Vernon High School students do very well. Every quarter approximately 470 are on the academic honor roll. Students who take the American College Test (ACT) receive scores that qualify them to enroll in prestigious universities and colleges all over the country. Approximately 60 percent of the graduates enroll in colleges, universities, or other educational programs beyond high school.
The high school has established a reputation for excellence in its extracurricular programs as well as in its curricular courses. These programs include publications, drama, speech and acting, music (including several bands, two orchestras, several choirs and choruses), art, athletics, Youth and Government (state winners), Mock Trial (state and national winners), FFA (regional, state, and national winners), Skills USA (regional, state, and national winners), FBLA (regional and state winners), FCCLA, and over 22 additional clubs and organizations.
The school year is divided into two 18-week semesters. The weekly schedule includes five seven-period days.
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North Central Association for Colleges and High Schools
State of Illinois