LOCATION-Ivy Hill and Vailsburg
Mount Vernon School is located in the West Ward of Newark, New Jersey. Two former sections Ivy Hill and Vailsburg make up this neighborhood.
Originally the Ivy Hill section was a part of South Orange Township. It was bought from the township around 1890. Vailsburg was an independent town from 1894 to 1905. Vailsburg was annexed to Newark on January 1, 1905. This annexation was the last time the City of Newark annexed any territory.
Today both Ivy Hill and Vailsburg are referenced as the Vailsburg section of Newark, this section stands out from the rest of Newark like a peninsula and is separated from the rest of the city by the trench of the Garden State Parkway. As of 2000, Vailsburg had a population of 34,348. Vailsburg is divided into Upper and Lower Vailsburg by Sanford Ave (Lower Vailsburg is to the east).
The primary service and advocacy organization in Vailsburg is Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO). Founded as an ecumenical coalition with a mission to stabilize the neighborhood in 1972, UVSO now serves an average of 1,200 Vailsburg residents every day through a wide range of programs. These include three preschool centers, four public school-based after school programs, a teen center, a senior center, transportation, meals on wheels, home makers and visiting nurses, community organizing, and housing development.
There are two major parks in this area Valisburg and Hill Park. The land for Vailsburg Park was originally "Electric Park," an amusement park owned by the Krueger brewing family. The residents of Vailsburg believed that Electric Park harmed the peace of the neighborhood and lobbied to have the amusement park converted into a park for passive recreation. Ivy Hill Park is a neighborhood park on the westernmost border of Newark, between Seton Hall University and Mt. Vernon Place. The 18 acres for Ivy Hill Park was purchased by the Essex County Parks Commission in 1927 from the City of Newark. Ivy Hill Park is a small, unadorned park, yet one heavily used.
Vailsburg has a significant stock of Dutch Colonial and Victorian inspired homes, most of them having been built between 1945 and 1947. Upper Vailsburg consists largely of single-family homes, while Lower Vailsburg consists of both single-family and two-family housing units. The area is also home to the Ivy Hill Park Apartment complex, five 14 story buildings on 220-250 Mount Vernon Place and 5-85 Manor Drive.
IVY HILL PARK APARTMENTS
Ivy Hill Park Apartments is New Jersey's largest privately owned apartment complex. The apartments are a mix of immigrants, retirees, and Seton Hall University students. The Ivy Hill Apartments housing over 10,000 people are extremely diverse, dubbed a "Little United Nations" by residents. Groundbreaking for the Ivy Hill Apartments took place in September of 1951, with the first tenants moving in November of the next year.
1954 SCHOOL OPENING
Mount Vernon School was opened for classes in 1954, two years after the Ivy Hill Apartments opened. Mt. Vernon School is a mini-United Nations, just like the Ivy Hill Apartments. Mt. Vernon School has 688 students. The building houses children from Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.
Mt. Vernon’s staff and student body represent a diverse background of individuals from more than 50 countries. This neighborhood includes Mount Vernon, Ivy Hill Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary school and the Data Science & Information Technology High School.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS, AND STUDENTS/ALUMNI
Teri Shields, mother of actress and model Brooke Shields was born in Vailsburg.
Accomplishments and Special Recognitions
- Awarded $15, 000.00 for Student Achievement, 1999 - 2000
- Awarded $7,500.00 for Improved Performance, 2001
- Awarded $10, 000.00 for Superintendent’s Special Recognition, 2001 - 2002
- Awarded $7,500.00 for Superintendent’s Incentive Award, 2003 - 2004
NEWARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Newark School District, is the largest and one of the oldest school systems in New Jersey. Its origin dates back to 1676. Barringer High School, in Newark’s North Ward, is the third oldest public high school in the nation. The District has 62 schools with a student population of 36,676.
To bring resources closer to the schools, the district is divided into four regional offices Each office is led by a Regional Superintendent. Mount Vernon is a part of the West Region.