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H101 - Educational Philosophy

Policy H101: Educational Philosophy, Mission and Goals

As advocates for children, the Hancock School Committee recognizes that the thorough and efficient education of children is its primary statutory-based responsibility.  To this end, the School Committee considers proper and adequate support of Hancock Grammar School to be a civic responsibility shared by all citizens.

The Hancock School Department will provide an educational environment designed to encourage each student to acquire the necessary skills and perspectives needed for a meaningful life and career.  At Hancock Grammar School all staff will strive to encourage students to form desirable habits that are necessary for them to become responsible, informed citizens.  In general, we aim to have students develop attitudes and practices necessary for satisfying, worthwhile lives.

We believe that all children must be provided equal but not identical opportunities to allow them to achieve at levels commensurate with their abilities.  We believe that all students must learn in an environment that allows them to develop positive attitudes toward themselves and genuine respect for others.

A rigorous core curriculum designed to achieve specific learning outcomes will be provided.  It will be planned with the goal of creating and maintaining standards which will furnish students with the skills necessary for success in a global society while giving them a broad educational foundation compatible with their interests, aptitudes, and aims.  The curriculum and graduation requirements will be regularly evaluated to ensure their continued appropriateness.

In order to achieve our goals and to implement this philosophy, we believe we must secure the involvement of the community, students, staff, parents, and citizens.  Educational responsibility must be shared with important community institutions.  We strongly believe that our school system’s success depends on good rapport and cooperation with our communities and its institutions.

The School Committee recognizes the professional staff as the body that is legally charged with the responsibility of providing education to all children.  In fulfilling this responsibility, the staff will seek to ensure the following.

A.            All children will master basic skills in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, history, and technology.

B.            Instruction will be provided which is appropriate to each individual with respect to goals, methodology, and evaluation.

C.            Students will be seen in their totality as physical, mental, social, and aesthetic beings, which requires knowledge of child growth and development.

D.            Staff members, in order to effectively execute their responsibilities, will establish goals for themselves consistent with the philosophy of the School Committee and Hancock Grammar School.  Staff members will engage in a self-evaluation process for the purpose of self-improvement--the ultimate objective being an improved instructional program for all students.

E.            The School Committee recognizes that this highly technological society demands that students learn how to cope with change and learn to accept that "learning" is a continuous process.

The School Committee fully accepts the responsibility of formulating policies and acquiring adequate funding to support the education process.  The School Committee will always consider the welfare of students as the single most important factor in making decisions relative to educational policy.  It will be the responsibility of the School Committee and administrators to promote sound educational practices and professional development.

Hancock School Department Goals and Objectives

The Hancock School Committee recognizes its responsibility to set goals for the efficient operation of the school unit.  In discharging this responsibility, the School Committee will strive to ensure that the resources of the Hancock School Department are directed toward meeting the educational needs of each eligible student.

The School Committee will develop annual goals based on input solicited from a variety of sources.  These goals will be shared with the community, the staff, and the students.  The administration shall develop appropriate objectives designed to achieve the stated priorities.

The School Committee will regularly evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and will adopt appropriate policies designed to facilitate their accomplishment.



Adopted: 2/11/14