The mission and core values of the Academy provide the framework for focusing on the needs of students both for today and for the future. Because the world our children will live and work in is becoming ever-more complex and challenging, our mission requires that the school provide a stable knowledge-base (“what we believe students need to know”) integrated with the teaching and intentional practice of skills they will need to be successful in school and later in life.
These skills include:
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Written and Oral Expression
- Intercultural Competency
- Adaptability and Resilience
See Appendix A for Definitions of These Skills
Continuing to deliver the core program rich in appropriate, relevant content while providing an environment in which skills can be learned and practiced will ensure that students graduate with broad and deep knowledge of both traditional and developing disciplines. This approach ensures that students will have both the knowledge and the ability to use what they know in new circumstances that will be critical to their future growth.
Further, because educational research has shown that learning in a diverse environment and working with diverse groups leads to better academic results and outcomes, and because of the increasing need for students to be able to interact across borders, both far and near, students must be educated in a diverse environment and provided opportunities to develop cross-cultural competencies to maximize their opportunities for success both in the classroom today and in the workplace of the future.