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Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:00 am

Excellent facilities, excellent administration, excellent teachers, excellent learning opportunities. (Click the heading for more …)

The Mt. Vernon (Missouri) R-5 School District, serving about 1,500 students, strives for excellence on all levels — and attains it. The quality of its schools is evident in its being named a  Distinction in Performance District by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than nine consecutive years. Mt. Vernon Middle School was one of only 13 schools in the state named Gold Star schools in 2004, and Mt. Vernon High School received a Bronze Star from U.S. News and World Report in its listing of top schools in the United States.

An added advantage to students at MVHS is its designation as an A+ School. Through the program, students may qualify for state-paid education opportunities at public community colleges and career/technical schools in Missouri. Students interested in pursuing vocational training as part of their regular high school curriculum can do so through a cooperative program with Southwest Area Career Center in Monett.

Community support for the district is evident in the voter-approved improvements and additions to the district.During the 2007-08 academic year, four classrooms and a larger commons area were added to the MVHS complex that was new in 1997. Mt. Vernon Intermediate School opened in the fall of 2008.

Schools in the district include Mt. Vernon Elementary School for grades kindergarten through second grade, Mt. Vernon Intermediate School for grades three through five, Mt. Vernon Middle School serving grades six through eight and Mt. Vernon High School with grades nine through 12. The district also helps prepare children for the experience of school through its Parents As Teachers program for infants through 3-year-olds, and helps adults whose education has been interrupted to obtain high school diplomas through the GED program.

To enhance safety at its schools, peer mediation training is provided to middle school students, all schools have good citizen programs to promote self-discipline and responsibility, and students who engage in extracurricular activities are expected to follow a code of conduct.

Alumni from years past keep in touch through the Mt. Vernon Alumni Association. The group holds all-school reunions every other year and keeps in touch in between with newsletters. The next reunion will be held in May 2011. To join, send the $5 annual membership fee to Patti Stokes, 3930 W. Dover Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. Include your class year.

An alumni luncheon is also held in Springfield the first Tuesday of each month (except December and January). Classmates and friends meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Heritage Cafeteria, corner of Battlefield and Fremont.

In addition to the regular public school system, the Missouri Division of Youth Services provides schooling to the young men at the Mt. Vernon (Missouri) Treatment Center. The program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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