Core Values and Beliefs about Learning We believe that ACADEMICS should be at the heart of what we do. We value rigor, depth of learning, grit, and creativity in preparing students to be engaged and active learners. We believe that permanent learning occurs when the knowledge and skills are directly relevant to the student's life and goals, and that students learn best when given the opportunity to solve authentic problems. All students should have opportunities to become inquisitive and critical thinkers.
We believe that RESPECT for each individual in our community begins with an understanding that all students have the potential to achieve. Our school values diversity in culture and thought. We believe that each student has something uniquely valuable to offer our school and community. We believe that students should respect themselves and others and have a commitment to their own health and well-being.
We believe that taking RESPONSIBILITY promotes personal growth and development. We believe that all aspects of learning are enriched by a culture of personal integrity and honesty. We also believe that in the 21st Century, the responsible use of technology is a vital tool in teaching students and for students to teach themselves.
We believe that our learning COMMUNITY should offer an equitable and flexible environment that advocates for the self-efficacy of each child. We believe that students must feel safe, both physically and emotionally, in their school and their classrooms. Students should experience equal opportunities to work as a member of a group and become decisive leaders.
What 21st Century Skills will our students need in order to be successful?
ACADEMIC Be an effective communicator Be a critical and creative thinker: Be a life-long learner and take risks targeted toward personal growth SOCIAL Exhibit teamwork and leadership skills Have a personal responsibility and accountability CIVIC Have respect for self and others and display good citizenship Be nationally and globally aware
We believe students welcome the opportunity to develop skills that will serve them well in the modern workplace. We believe that it is important for students to see how their education will be useful to them and seek to make connections between the academic work and the world beyond the classroom. We believe that national and global awareness, team work, leadership and civic skills are a significant part of a student’s ability to contribute to society. We believe students should be lifelong learners able to collaborate with others, think critically and creatively, and communicate their ideas effectively.