Everyone feels a sense of belonging to the school community “inside” and “outside” the school walls.  This is fostered by positive relationships and opportunities for school and community involvement.  All students have a meaningful personal connection to a significant adult in the school.

Academic Rigor and Relevance

Expectations for learning and academic achievement are high.  Expectations for students are generated through a challenging curriculum based on individual student needs and district/state outcomes.  It is expected that all students are intellectually challenged and provided relevant learning opportunities.

Trust and Respect

Everyone feels connected with each other through a sense of trust and mutual respect.  Trust and respect allow students to gain an appreciation for diversity and individuality.  These qualities enhance student achievement both academically and socially.


Everyone feels physically, psychologically, and emotionally safe, which allows and encourages self-expression and learning.  Students experience a safe and orderly environment in the school.