St. Joseph High School is committed to education excellence, expressed by challenging curriculum, high academic standards, a supportive learning environment and equity in the application of these standards for all students, including those who require additional assistance for learning or those who lack proficiency in English. Furthermore, St. Joseph is resolved to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will be positive agents of change in our world through intercultural understanding and respect. As educators, we pledge to empower all students for future choices and challenges by helping them realize their fullest potential in a unique learning environment that:
· focuses on student academic achievement and learning styles
· recognizes and respects individual differences and opinions
· nurtures personal and spiritual development
· integrates technology across the curriculum
· promotes active, compassionate and lifelong learning skills
· promotes active and engaged citizenship values
· promotes global awareness and understanding
· Academic learning is a priority.
· Students learn in a variety of ways.
· Learning is a risk taking endeavor.
· An open mind is critical in the learning process.
· Knowledgeable learners are inquiring learners.
· In order to be effective, learning must be balanced.
· Learning is a lifelong process requiring active participation of the learner.
· All students, regardless of individual differences, can succeed.
· Learning is both an individual and a social process.
· Learning requires communication and reflection.
· Learning should focus on educating the whole person.
· Students become responsible through accountability.
In our quest to have students achieve academically to the very best of their abilities, the St. Joseph High School learning community has adopted the following six principles which will serve as a foundation for its organizational structure and school culture:
1. common mission, values and goals
2. high expectations for all students and a strategic process of prevention and intervention for underachieving students
3. collaborative teams who share responsibility for assessing educational needs
4. use of data to drive decisions and continuous improvement toward measurable results
5. active participation and engagement from family and community
6. leadership capacity at all levels