Mission, Philosophy, Values, and Vision
We never stop challenging our students to achieve their personal best in academic excellence, emotional capabilities, and in their social relationships. We focus on removing the barriers to success not lowering the bar. By providing a personalized learning environment and evidence-based instruction, we can engage teens to achieve levels of higher success. We want them to master helping themselves, so they can develop the art of helping others.
No one succeeds alone. We instill in our students they should be forever grateful to their parents and to the staff who pour into them, from their resources and time, to provide each student the opportunity to succeed. Students learning this valuable lesson will give back or pay it forward for others. We believe when serving a greater good before one’s own needs, we all build better communities and a more caring society. We encourage our students to ask themselves, who can I help today?
We ensure our students realize their maximum potential while creating a learning environment where they can thrive. Students are encouraged to pursue their personal passions, as the staff learns about their interests. We help them see how success is possible through a better understanding of their uniqueness. By believing in their ability to grow, we accommodate their needs, deliver countless accommodations, and most importantly, we never give up on them.
We want to teach our students to look at the world through the lens of another. We want them to practice thinking how they relate to the world and not how the world relates to them. We teach students to be mindful of the people around them every day. Can I open a door for some one? Am I being too loud? Is someone trying to study? All these are questions encourage students to ask themselves how they impact others, not how others impact them. They mature emotionally and socially. By encouraging them to be more caring, it also helps them be more considerate at home and in life.
Diversity is important for our students to grasp. Learning the world is full of unique individuals who think differently than they do, is important to understand. For some, learning this is the first time they realize not everyone operates the way they do. We educate our students to relate to those who are different than them. By doing so, we teach acceptance, compassion, and tolerance, thus reducing bullying and mean spiritedness in teens. As they understand the challenges for some, they will be more accepting of others and less judgmental. Students must learn to respect the differences in our culture and the world around us. This does not mean students compromise their beliefs, but rather accept that we don’t control everyone, and it is ok to be different. A key to a successful life is learning to be polite and courteous to all people, regardless of our differences. Students must also learn respect for their authorities, like parents and teachers, or we are not preparing them for the workplace where they won’t stay employed long if disrespectful to their supervisors.
Neither mankind, nor the world will be perfect. We commit to doing the best we can with what we have at the time. Supporting our students with compassion is very important to us, but it is just as important to teach them to be accountable and not to make excuses for wrong actions. The difference between elementary, middle, and high school is students should gain momentum on this as they advance grades. Freshman should look nothing like Seniors. The support is always there but needed accommodations cannot become a crutch they let limit their ability. We lovingly push our students, always providing supports. Parents often tell us their children achieve far more than they thought possible. Isn’t’ that the goal with our children for all, just for them to be the best human they can be, regardless of where. The world is then a better place for all generations.