AD Educational Philosophy/Mission


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

The school unit will provide an educational environment designed to encourage each student to acquire the necessary skills and perspectives needed for a meaningful life and career. All schools 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. 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 that all schools must secure the involvement of the community, students, staff, parents and citizens. Educational responsibility must be shared with community institutions. We strongly believe that our school system's success depends on good rapport and cooperation with our communities and its institutions.

The Board 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 demonstrate proficiency in meeting state standards in all content areas of the system of learning results (English, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, health education, physical education, visual and performing arts, world languages, and career and educational development).

B. All children will demonstrate proficiency in each of the guiding principles set forth in department rules governing implementation of the system of learning results (clear and effective communicator, self-direct and lifelong learner, creative and practical problem-solver, responsible and involved citizen, and integrative and informed thinker).

C. Instruction will be provided for all students through multiple pathways with respect to goals, methodology and evaluation.

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

Staff members, in order to effectively execute their responsibilities, will establish goals for themselves consistent with the philosophy of the Board and individual schools. 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.

The Board recognizes that today’s global society demands that students learn how to cope with change and learn to accept that "learning" is a continuous process.

The Board fully accepts the responsibility of formulating policies and acquiring adequate funding to support the education process. The Board 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 Board and administrators to promote sound educational practices and professional development.

Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA, §§ 1001 et seq.; 4511.3, A

Additional Cross References:

The teacher evaluation process documents/policies
The Maine Learning Results
Policy IKE
Policy IKF

Adopted: April 10, 1990
Reviewed: October 6, 2009
Revised: April 8, 2003, November 12, 2014

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