Our Mantras

The behaviors essential for us to thrive
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Start with Questions

Constantin Frecker

A mantra that calls one to begin with a careful construction of active inquiry which requires self-reflection and self-restraint, free of preconceived notions.

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Grow & Give

Constantin Frecker

A mantra expressing the willingness to learn to achieve and the willingness to serve to make others better

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Lead From Where You Are

Constantin Frecker

A mantra expressing one’s capacity to lead and influence regardless of position; the ability to meet the moment of one’s circumstances

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Have Fun

Constantin Frecker

A mantra reminding all learners in the community to enjoy moments, celebrate each other

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Be Brave to Try & Try Again

Constantin Frecker

A mantra focused on confronting fear, taking risk, overcoming a setback, failing up, and persevering through.

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Help Me See What You See

Constantin Frecker

An empathy-building mantra that acknowledges that one’s own perspective may be incomplete and seeks to understand the viewpoint of someone else


Our Identity

Our Purpose

We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.

Our Commitment

We commit to creating and sustaining a school culture where all members feel valued and safe, sharing their authentic selves to design a better world…together.

Our Strategy

We cultivate and inspire growth through a strategic response to the disruptive shifts in the knowledge, skills, attributes, and relationships required for current and future, local and global contexts.

Our Approach

We design relevant, transformational curricular and learning competencies from Preschool through Upper School, explored through an inquiry-based approach and assessed on levels of proficiency.

The Mount Vernon School Timeline

This is our story of innovation iterated throughout the years

How We Communicate

Be open, clear, transparent and kind.


Wellbeing looks different for each person. Learn what thriving looks like.

What does Good look like?

Our work has purpose and there is no one definition for good work. Here are some examples.
Prototype, Feedback, Iterate, Design
Inquiry Based Learning
Competency-Based Learning
Department Collaboration
Division Programs
Experts in Residence
Professional Development
Real-World Insights
Intentional Learning Spaces
Regenerative Experiences
Fostering Belonging

A Culture of Collaboration

To be an authentic reflection of the Mount Vernon culture it was imperative diverse voices from across the organization came together. This Culture Guide serves to support new employees, helping them navigate and thrive within this organization of inquiry, innovation and impact. In our iterative spirit this guide has and will continue to evolve, we are thankful to this team who helped developed this guide.

Kevin Day
Emily Edwards
Stacey Lee
Molly Hudson
Kristen Pisacreta
Chantima Likitcharoenvanich
Constanza Pizano
Shay Jones
Emily Wilcox
David Ayers
Kelsey Mruk
Lynn Luster
Chaundra Suddith
Tyler Dale
Cari Barocas
Anne Katz
Thamara Trematerra
Sarah Royal
Michele Koch
Matt Neylon
Kristy Lundstrom