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Mission and Philosophy Policy

Sagesse High School

Mary Mother of Wisdom

Ain Saadeh

Sagesse High School

Mission and Philosophy Policy

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Common Board Members

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SHS Mission and Philosophy Policy

Document Reference

Adapted from KS. "Mission, Statements, and Philosophy."

Utcome. Policies/10. ISD - 196 Policy 104 District196.org.

Version

3

Status

Active

Publication Date

March 2013

Review Date

March 2016

Approved By

Common Board Members

Distribution

School wide

 

 

Mission Statement

Sagesse High School is a Catholic, Anglophone, co-educational school that educates and motivates students from diverse backgrounds to become life-long learners and responsible citizens with strong ethical values. The school provides various enriched educational opportunities and operates in an environment that instigates empathy and compassion..

Statement of Philosophy

Sagesse High School (SHS) has always operated with the emphasis on both academic attainment and character development. SHS encourages its students to seek honor as well as achievement and describes the ideal student as an individual that believes in the self and in the other, is free to choose and allows freedom of choice, is academic and perpetuates academic development. Sagesse High School faculty and staff value the students for their potential, as well as their achievement, and always strive for their balanced growth-intellectual, physical, social and ethical.

Sagesse High School’s primary goals are intellectual endeavor and achievement. The School also believes that a well-rounded education includes experiences in the arts, athletics and a variety of extra-curricular activities. SHS further believes that every student is and will continue to be part of a community and, therefore, seeks to strengthen his or her moral responsibility and service to it. To that end, SHS aims to actively promote honesty, respect, responsibility and kindness.

In order to accomplish its mission, Sagesse High School recognizes the vital role that parents/guardians have in their children’s education. Thus, the School communicates with parents to inform them of the established purposes and goals expecting support.

Diversity Statement

Sagesse High School believes that the community is functional and at its best when diversity is accepted and celebrated. Differences, SHS believes, do not hinder or obstruct development but lead to a more rounded and well-developed character. Thus, diversity is at the heart of Sagesse High School’s implementation of its mission.

Education involves acknowledging and valuing what is comfortable and known and leading students to an understanding and appreciation of what is new and different. Encountering different perspectives, ideas, ways of thinking, and understandings is an essential part of this process.  Through their experience with such differences students develop the ability to think critically, to make informed judgments, to imagine, to understand, and to grow.

Respect for diversity accentuates Sagesse High School’s commitment to character education.  It is the school’s goal that all students, school families, and faculty and staff feel welcome, valued, and respected.  The values that anchor its character education program—honesty, respect, responsibility, and kindness—also characterize its attitude toward the diversity in the school community. Sagesse High School expects that in the professions and communities its graduates enter as adults, they will embody these values that contribute to a global society in a positive and transforming way.
 

Philosophy and Mission Statement Policy

     1.    Philosophy
        1.1    Sagesse High School’s mission is to nurture the development of responsible, thoughtful citizens for life in an increasingly interdependent global society by creating environments in which students are                   challenged to explore, to create, to make decisions and to actively participate in and be accountable for their learning.
        1.2    The school provides an environment that allows transition for the students as they move from elementary into high school. The student’s holistic education builds upon skills acquired in previous                            learning experiences and provides an opportunity to explore new areas of interest that will give direction for future choices.
        1.3    Sagesse High School students are emerging adolescents who are experiencing profound changes in the intellectual, physical, social and emotional areas of their lives. These changes call for unique                      learning environments where students can mature, achieve success and be challenged at their own developmental rate.
             1.3.1    Intellectually, students are maturing in their thinking and need stimulating activities that develop their problem solving and critical thinking abilities.
             1.3.2    Physically, students need to understand and to accept the changes in their bodies while assuming responsibility for their own well-being.
             1.3.3    Socially, students must be provided with an environment in which they can positively interact with peers and adults.
             1.3.4    Emotionally, students are seeking their identity. Positive self-esteem, the need for recognition and the need for success in both academic and social situations are imperative.

2.    Mission Statements

         2.1    Instruction – Approaches to learning emphasize interdisciplinary instruction, exploration, practical application and cooperative learning. Learning opportunities are presented through a variety of                               instructional methods. Instruction in Sagesse High School places emphasis on the continued acquisition of basic skills and higher order thinking skills and acknowledges the importance of out-of-                         school activities on classroom learning. Learning activities will begin in areas familiar to the learner and lead to new areas of interest.
         2.2    Decision-Making – The school program is one in which students learn to accept responsibility for their actions as they grow and mature. Students receive instruction in the process of decision-making                   through experiences in classroom, exploratory and co-curricular activities. Reinforcement, direction and guidance are provided through the practice of participatory decision making.
         2.3    Student Growth – The school emphasizes positive intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth experiences. The staff is committed to working with students in service of their development.                         Achievement in all areas of development is encouraged and accomplishments are appropriately recognized.
         2.4    Home/School Relations – It is understood that a home/school partnership exists among students, parents, staff and the community. Communication between home and school is necessary for each                       student’s success and learning. Accountability for these expectations is accomplished through a variety of communication methods initiated by parents and staff.
         2.5    Evaluation – Elements which comprise an effective academic setting are assessed on a regular basis. Students’ academic and social progress is reported systematically. Evaluation examines the                         learning process and focuses on attainment of educational outcome.

 

Adapted from KS. "Mission, Statements, and Philosophy."

Utcome. Policies/10. ISD - 196 Policy 104 District196.org.