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Mt. Vernon Township High School, located in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, the county seat of Jefferson County, Illinois, has an enrollment of approximately 1,325 students. The high school occupies 32 acres of land and consists of 11 buildings, an excellent athletic field complex, and a large stage and auditorium.

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. Classes in areas such as Web Design Graphics, English Composition, Political Science, Child Care, Drafting, Health Care, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish are offered in cooperation with Rend Lake College’s dual credit program.

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 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 20,000 books, 125 magazines, 5 daily newspapers, microfilm, CD ROM's, videos, and more than 60 computers with Internet access. 

Mt. Vernon High School has one of the few secondary career and technical area centers in the state of Illinois. Students from neighboring high school districts are enrolled in career/technical programs in agriculture, automotive repair, business, health, consumer and family sciences, industrial technology, and cooperative education. The career education facilities and staff are available, as needed, to train specific work forces for business and industry. A 25-station Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) laboratory has been installed and provides a state-of-the-art facility for students. Courses in web design graphics and three-dimensional graphics are available. Technical Preparation and Dual Credit courses are available for post secondary career training.

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.

Grading Points
A = 92-100 4
B = 83-91 3
C = 74-82 2
D = 65-73 1
E = 64 and below 0

North Central Association for Colleges and High Schools
State of Illinois


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