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 eight 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 Parkway Elementary and West Leesville Elementary.
We have 14 regular education classrooms, three special education resource classrooms, and one self-contained special education classroom. We also have a teacher that works with small groups of students on remediation. Each regular education classroom has a minimum of 5 individual computers, an ActivBoard, scanner, printer, and access to the Internet. Currently, we have eight 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 and Accelerated Math Programs. We are proud to offer art, vocal, computer, band, honors, and gifted classes to our students.
Vernon Middle School has many veteran teachers with varied talents and knowledge. Thirty percent 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. Professional Learning Community Meetings are held on a weekly basis to provide development activities and share information. 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.
Vernon Middle School is located in Leesville, Louisiana. Students from the towns 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 Parkway 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.
Ethnic Distribution: 51% Caucasian, 38% African American, 7% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 2% Native American.