SCHOOL HISTORY, FACULTY, AND PROGRAM INFORMATION
Vernon Middle School is one of the few historical sites in Vernon Parish and the only school in the parish to claim such an honor. Vernon, historically known as the Vernon Parish Training School, was erected in the 1920s for the purpose of training black students. The first principal was Professor Booker. From the beginning of its existence, Vernon Middle School has had seven principals. .
In 1953 the Vernon Parish Training School was moved and rebuilt at the present site on Nona Street. Several years later, in the 1955-1956 school year, the school's name was changed to Vernon High School and housed grades 1-12. The late Professor A. Roy Rushe was principal during this time.
Many changes have taken place at Vernon Middle School. One of the most significant improvements came in 1968 when the annex (now known as the Fifth Grade) was added. The cafeteria has been enlarged to accommodate the student body and the entire fifth grade portion of the school has been re-roofed. These improvements were made possible by the passing of a bond referendum in May 2003.
Today, Vernon Middle School, an elementary school of academic and athletic excellence, serves children in grades five and six that live in Wards 1 and 6, including Fort Polk.
Currently, 42% of our students and several teachers are military dependents, which creates significant mobility among both students and staff. Vernon Middle School also qualifies for Title 1 school-wide funding, based on the number of students who receive a free or reduced lunch. Vernon Middle School receives students from both South Polk Elementary and West Leesville Elementary.
We have 24 regular education classrooms, 1 special education math classroom, and 3 Project Read classrooms. Each regular education classroom has a minimum of 5 individual computers, a large screen television, scanner, printer, and access to the Internet. Currently, we have 2 computer labs serving our students with a full time computer teacher. All students are scheduled for a time in the computer lab with the exception of band and vocal students. All students in grades 5 and 6 participate in the Accelerated Reader Program. We are proud to offer art, vocal, computer, band, honors, and gifted classes to our students.
Vernon Middle School serves primarily regular education students (76%). Special education students (15%) are primarily inclusion students. Students with an IEP who scored low in language arts receive instruction using the Project Read Curriculum and those who scored low in math leave the regular classroom to receive instruction from a certified special education teacher. Gifted students receive 30 minutes of enrichment each day with a certified gifted education teacher. Most gifted students and many high achieving students attend honors classes for language arts and/or math.
Vernon Middle School has many veteran teachers with varied talents and knowledge. 30% have earned beyond a bachelor's degree and 74% have 10+ years of experience.
Each teacher and administrator is required to have a professional growth plan, which s/he develops to meet his/her individual needs. There is ongoing contact from teacher to teacher and between administration and teachers in an effort to share ideas and techniques. Faculty meetings are held on a weekly basis to provide development activities and share information. Joint faculty meetings are held with Leesville Junior High School to bridge the gap in the curriculum between the grade levels. Parish-wide and in-school staff development activities are provided throughout the year, some funded by a grant from the Rapides Foundation. The Technology Center offers numerous workshops and in-services. Professional trips are provided for teachers and administration to attend workshops, seminars and conventions for professional development. Tuition exemption provides an incentive for teachers to continue taking college classes, which will improve their classroom instruction.
Vernon Middle School is located in Leesville, Louisiana. Students from the town of Leesville, New Llano, and most of the Fort Polk housing areas attend the school (Wards 1 and 6). Students in grades 5 and 6 are served at the school. This school receives students from both South Polk Elementary and West Leesville Elementary Schools. Upon completion of 6th grade, our students attend Leesville Junior High School.
Currently, 42% of our students and several teachers are military dependents.
43% of Vernon Middle School students qualify for free or reduced lunch, qualifying the school for Title I school-wide funding.
Ethnic Distribution: 51% Caucasian, 38% African American, 7% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 2% Native American.