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We believe . . .
that learning should be the focus of all school activity
that parents have a major influence on their child’s learning
that all students can learn, have the right to learn, and should have equal access to the curriculum
the school curriculum must reflect the highest standards and expectations for our students
that every effort should be made to reflect the diversity of the city within our school population
that a curriculum that reflects historical and contemporary issues and events will stimulate a child’s natural curiosity while developing the life skills necessary to succeed in our global community
each student is unique and can be a responsible, self-motivated individual who respects him/herself, others, and the environment
students learn best in small groups with attention to varied learning styles and individual needs
that in order to enrich our educational environment our school must utilize diverse resources from parents, community and business partners
that successful cooperation among all stakeholders with open communication and respect for each other’s diversity will result in improved student achievement
that an optimal learning environment is clean, safe, and aesthetically pleasing. This provides students with a feeling of ownership and pride.
that in order to ensure a quality program staff must be provided time for professional dialogue, training and collaboration
learning should be fun!
ACADEMIC STUDENT OUTCOMES
Students will know the skills and strategies to be effective and creative problem solvers.
Students will master the skills and strategies of reading, writing, listening, speaking and technology to enable them to communicate clearly, creatively and effectively.
Global Awareness/Historical Perspective
Students will know the historical and current contributions of diverse cultural groups in their community and world and demonstrate their understanding and involvement.
A world class Problem Solver can:
identify the problem to be solved and articulated it to others
break the problem down into component parts
identify multiple approaches to solve the problem
identify information and resources needed to solve the problem
utilize information individually or collaboratively to formulate a plan of action
defend rational for plan chosen
present process and results to audiences
A world class Communicator can:
access information from a variety of sources
give clear, confident and concise oral and written presentation
formulate and ask questions to deepen understanding
draw conclusions, summarize and generalize based on data
analyze and interpret information
read with comprehension
express and receive ideas through participation and attentive listening
tailor content and style to audience
express and interpret ideas and feelings with visual, aural and kinesthetic forms
A world class Citizen can:
Know, appreciate and respect own and other’s culture
Appreciate and participate in diverse cultural expressions in various forms (e.g. literature, visual and performing arts.)
Identify ways in which to contribute and participate in the community
Understand historical backgrounds and how they affect a current situation
Write and speak from various cultural/historical points of view
Debate both sides of a current issue
Identify cultural similarities and differences in oral, literary and artistic traditions around the world