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Aromas-San Juan USD |  BP  0100  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Philosophy   

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As part of its responsibility to establish a guiding vision for the district, the Board of Trustees shall develop and regularly review a set of fundamental principles which describes the district's beliefs, values or tenets. The Board and district staff shall incorporate this philosophy in all district programs and activities.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

It is the philosophy of the district that:

* We recognize that learning is an essential part of life that continues after high school.

* We develop curriculum and standards through interaction with society, the community, and individuals.

* We contend that it is essential to learn how to learn and how to think.

* We teach in a context of cultural and linguistic pluralism that encourages students to value differences and similarities, and to have respect and compassion for others in order to promote the development of citizens who value and will continue to sustain a united American society which seeks justice and fairness to all.

* We integrate a wide range of information sources and teach the skills to use them.

* We support staff development and parent education as essential for the effectiveness of the school district.

* We establish goals and accountability standards for students, staff and programs, using a variety of means to assess success in meeting those goals and standards.

* We make our schools' community facilities and resources for lifelong learning.

* We provide equal encouragement to all and equal access to all programs.

* We support affording all students the opportunity to learn another language.

* We enhance students' self-confidence and ability to define their own futures.

* We provide a learning environment where people are free to take risks without fear of failure.

* We support the development of the academic, physical, emotional, social, and creative potentials of all children.

* We value and support all students and staff in their work. We acknowledge the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and family structures in our community.

* We advocate, in alliance with families, for the needs of students in the broader community.

* We engage learners to real-world problem solving, and in meaningful work.

* We are a community of learners in which everyone participates both as teachers and as learners.

* We have clearly-defined standards for graduation that can be met through a variety of approaches and time frames.

* We practice the democratic process through shared decision making.

* We install in all students an expectation of success in college, post-secondary education, and the world of work, and provide the skills for students to achieve this.

* We encourage students to participate in our democratic society, and to apply their skills and experiences in solving important personal, social, and environment problems.

* We recruit and employ staff members who are competent and caring and who are role models, mirroring the diversity of the greater community.

* Because we recognize the need to make families full partners in our schools, we strive to accommodate their language, work and family schedules, and to encourage their participation in their child's education.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

51002 Local development of programs based on stated philosophy and goals

51019 Definition of philosophy

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Maximizing School Board Leadership: Vision, 1996

Policy AROMAS-SAN JUAN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: January 14, 2004 San Juan Bautista, California