Our Values

Our Values

We celebrate the magnificent diversity of our community and recognize it as one of our greatest sources of strength.  As we prepare our children for a diverse world, we must model the value that comes from different cultures, languages, perspectives, and experiences.  When we recognize and welcome our differences, we discover our common humanity.

Through collaboration we find new sources of energy and strength.  SPS encourages and supports collaboration and exchange within our schools and district.  When children see adults working well together, they learn to work well together -- a skill that will benefit them in the years to come in any endeavor.  Moreover, SPS actively seeks out partnerships with the rich array of organizations that are the hallmark of our community.  Everyone wins when the city becomes an extension of our schools and classrooms.

We live in a world that is changing at a rapid pace, which requires that all of us take responsibility to be continuous learners.  Building on what is working well, we closely follow emerging trends, identify and share promising practices, seek outside expertise when necessary, and embrace new approaches that will benefit our children.  We also are nimble enough to adapt quickly to changing conditions.

SPS is committed to identifying and eliminating any and all barriers to educational achievement.  To this end, we promote policies and practices that are fair and just, and make learning opportunities -- in and out of school -- fully accessible to all.  We commit to ensure every student, regardless of background, meets our high standards for achievement, participation, and growth.

In our district, everyone -- including administrators, teachers, students, staff, and parents -- has the opportunity to grow and develop new capabilities.  It is our job as an organization to create the conditions for human flourishing at all levels.  With high expectations come high levels of support.

We expect and achieve the highest standards of excellence.  This begins at the district level and extends to the school, classroom, and each individual.  There is simply no replacement for a job well done, whether it's creating an academically enriching curriculum, mastering a new skill, developing new knowledge, or attending to our physical plant and administrative operations with care.

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