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Vision of the Graduate

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to empower a community of learners who:
  • Are responsible and engaged community members
  • Demonstrate initiative, persistence, and adaptability
  • Are curious and value risk-taking as part of the learning process
  • Access and analyze information and formulate opinions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work individually and on teams to solve real world problems


Vision of the Graduate

Three students of different ages in graduation gowns
Our graduates exemplify these six qualities:

The Responsible Citizen

  • Participates positively with our community and engages in developing solutions to local problems and issues
  • Accepts responsibility for personal decisions and actions
  • Acts ethically and responsibly
  • Recognizes and respects diversity
  • Demonstrates civic literacy
  • Demonstrates awareness of personal and social health and wellness 
  • acts with empathy and kindness

The Researcher

  • Generates and manages data from a variety of sources to make sense of their thinking and their world
  • Understands the past to make sense of the future
  • Challenges the veracity and validity of information
  • Analyzes and evaluates information to inform thinking
  • Uses a variety of media and technological tools to find, analyze and make sense of information
  • Generates thoughtful questions and hypotheses about relevant problems and issues and develops a process to address them
  • Sources information through new, uncommon, unusual (e.g. adult experts, local businesses) ways or places

The Innovator

  • Takes risks and learns from failure
  • Is curious and imaginative
  • Innovate, invents, imagines and dreams
  • Applies knowledge in new contexts and across disciplines
  • Collaborates effectively with others to create new ideas and solutions
  • Actively engages in and takes ownership of learning
  • Produces striking, distinct, unique, well-crafted works
  • Demonstrates originality in thinking and through the design of solutions to a variety of problems and obstacles
  • Understand the purpose driving the creative process (What does this contribute to society? How do I see my world? How can I make my world better?) and goes beyond convention when shaping ideas
  • Uses a multitude of ways to generate original ideas and process them in order to select the best, most effective, imaginative ones
  • Seeks out critique and feedback to review, revise and refine work

The Informed Thinker

  • Acquires and applies information across disciplines in real-world contexts
  • Evaluates, analyzes and synthesizes information from a variety of sources
  • Demonstrates understanding and knowledge of Humanities, Science, Math, Technology and the Arts
  • Reflects critically on learning and life experiences and seeks out opportunities to grow
  • Effectively analyzes and evaluates evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs, and alternative points of view
  • Promotes, develops and contributes thoughtfully to divergent and original perspectives

The Communicator

  • Speaks and listens effectively for a variety of purposes
  • Uses evidence and coherence appropriately in communication
  • Structures and organizes communication in English and at least one other lanaguage
  • Communicates strategically for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Uses a variety of modes of expression (visual, spoken, written, performing arts, etc.) including the effective use of technology, to create and share ideas
  • Uses interpersonal skills to learn and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds

The Problem Solver

  • Uses relevant information and technology to solve problems
  • Collaborates with others to generate new and unique solutions
  • Designs questions, makes predictions, generates data and collects information
  • Analyzes and evaluates data and information to draw conclusions
  • Identifies patterns, trends and relationships in order to generate solutions
  • Perseveres even in the face of failure, obstacles and challenges
  • Recognizes the need for specific, accurate, reliable information when making decisions and setting a course of action
  • Applies knowledge to set personal, intellectual and professional goals
  • Applies knowledge in new and unfamiliar contexts
  • Demonstrates initiative and independence
  • Demonstrates flexibility, including the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn
  • Demonstrates reliability and concern for quality