Superintendent's Vision Statement

We must recognize our students for who they are and must challenge them to excel while balancing their academic progress with expressive, personal, physical, civic, and social development. We must provide our students with the highest quality education possible in order to prepare them for success in a global, interconnected future. The 21st century education at ARPS will enable our students to address challenges we cannot predict, to use adaptive and creative thinking and problem-solving, to understand technology and languages, and to respect and understand diverse beliefs, cultures and backgrounds.

To achieve excellence for our students, we are committed to being the highest quality educational system possible. This includes a commitment to continual improvement, informed reflection, and the collection and analysis of data. As an educational system, we must attract and retain excellent educators who can provide a challenging, relevant and cohesive curriculum that serves the needs of our diverse students. We reaffirm our commitment to a vital and focused program of professional development for our staff and a safe environment for learning and constructive communication for our students. And we commit to the wise allocation of the resources our communities provide.

We need to ensure that every student participates in a rigorous and engaging learning experience.

The mission of our schools is to provide all students with a high quality education that enables them to be contributing members of a multiethnic, multicultural, pluralistic society. We seek to create an environment that achieves equity for all students and ensures that each student is a successful learner, is fully respected, and learns to respect others.

Goal #1 – Develop and maintain an up-to-date, innovative, multicultural and academically challenging curriculum that promotes high standards and success for all students.

Goal #2 – Provide creative, multi-faceted instruction that maintains high standards, engages all students, and enables all students to be successful learners.

Goal #3 – Make all students feel fully welcome and a part of our schools, regardless of race, social class, gender, culture, language, religion, sexuality, academic success, or physical abilities.

Goal #4 – Eliminate the achievement gap among students from different racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Goal #5 – Address the demands and opportunities facing our schools as a result of the rapid growth in the use of technology throughout our society.

Goal #6 – Increase communication and collaboration among the district’s stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators and the larger community – and use parents and the community more effectively as educational resources.

Goal #7 – Hire and retain a high-quality teaching and administrative staff.

Goal #8 – Equip and maintain school buildings to provide healthy, accessible, modern learning environments that support the achievement of our mission.

Goal #9 – Sustain a physically and emotionally safe environment in our schools for students and staff.

Region Voted to Approve: 3/31/01
Amherst Voted to Approve: 5/1/01
Pelham Voted to Approve: 7/17/01
Effective Date: 3/31/01

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