All Five K-12 MVCSC Schools Receive a Highly Effective Schools Accreditation
For the second year in a row, all five K-12 schools in the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation have earned a Highly Effective Schools Accreditation from Solution Tree. This accreditation is a significant achievement that reflects all five schools’ commitment to reaching and maintaining the highest levels of educational quality. Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon Middle School, Fortville Elementary School, McCordsville Elementary School, and Mt. Comfort Elementary School earned this accreditation by maintaining and growing identified areas having the biggest impact on student learning and growth. These areas are directly aligned to the Professional Learning Communities at work® (PLC) process and the High Reliability Schools framework.
Superintendent Dr. Jack Parker shared, “The staff at all five Mt. Vernon schools work tirelessly to provide a top-quality educational environment where all students can learn and thrive. This accreditation demonstrates the dedication our staff and school leaders have to continue their mission to help students become successful in and out of the classroom. We are so proud of the continuing efforts our staff has made to provide a positive academic experience where students develop a lasting love of learning.”
Through the PLCs, Mt. Vernon schools recognize the key to improved learning for students is ongoing, job-embedded professional learning for educators. The three big ideas of the PLC at work process call upon educators to: (1) focus on learning, (2) build a collaborative culture, and (3) create a results orientation. The complementary High Reliability Schools framework serves as a long-term strategic planning tool that guides school improvement in five key areas:
1.Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture
2.Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
3.Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Cameron L. Rains, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Solution Tree, explained, “In order to receive Highly Effective Schools Accreditation, schools must put a laser-like focus on the things that really matter and make a difference for students. We commend all five schools in the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation for achieving this designation and for going the extra mile for the learners they serve.”