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District Educates City Families about its High Schools of choice

The Mount Vernon City School District educated parents and eighth-graders in the city about its high schools of choice at a recent interactive information session. Hundreds of parents in attendance listened to detailed descriptions about the three, themed-based high schools: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) High School, Nellie A. Thornton School for the Performing and Visual Arts and The Mount Vernon High School.

The establishment of high schools of choice was a key accomplishment of the District’s 20/20 Vision. The diverse offerings provide a valuable opportunity for students to enroll in the high school that best fits their talents, interests and future goals “Our high schools of choice provide multiple pathways into college or the workforce,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton told the families in attendance. “Our programs prepare students to get into competitive colleges with credits already under their belts, to earn scholarships, and graduate without the burden of extraordinary debt.”

“Our three high schools stack up against any in the nation,” added Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeff Gorman. “If your children put their best effort forward in one of our excellent programs, they will graduate with an advantage.”
Families in attendance had the opportunity to watch videos about each high school and hear from the high school principals about their unique programs. STEAM High School provides an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. STEAM High School actively engages students in a collaborative, learning environment while infusing an integrated STEAM-centered curriculum in their studies through project-based learning. These behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation.  

STEAM High School students are participants in the coveted and nationally recognized Project Lead The Way ( in addition to having course opportunities in robotics, coding and programming and gaming. They use Discovery Education Partnership Techbooks ( and other digital devices to consume and create content.
Nellie A. Thornton School for the Performing and Visual Arts builds on its existing success in the arts field. Students transfer their creative skills to the classrooms to build and support the cognitive framework and affective mindset necessary to nurture strong readers, mathematicians, thinkers and learners. The program provides focused instruction in instrumental music, dance, theater, vocal music and visual arts, similar to that of a college program, in addition to a rigorous academic program.
Admitted students complete intensive theoretical, historical and practical study in a specified art field, in addition to their general education requirements of New York State.

To be admitted, students must apply, audition and participate in a family interview.
The Mount Vernon High School provides a rigorous and comprehensive high school curriculum featuring a heavy emphasis on humanities, career and technical programs.
Because of its commitment to student achievement, a wide range of honors and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework is also offered, giving students an opportunity to earn 30 college credits from a wide range of demanding math, science, social studies and English AP offerings.   (  
Additionally, students can also participate in the Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) program ( where they can take SUPA courses which provide for dual-enrollment credits in high school and transferrable college credits.

The high school will also offer a strong Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) ( presence to further ensure students are fully career and college ready. AVID is a college and career readiness program that serves as a bridge to rigor and a culture of readiness for post-secondary opportunities.
In addition, the District has submitted an application to join the International Baccalaureate program. (

Also, a career technical education (CTE) program is available with specializations in cosmetics, automotive technology, barbering, CISCO networking, culinary, nursing, TV production, photography, dental, animation and print production.