District Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives
It is the aim of the East Whittier City School District to provide students with the knowledge of those academic skills and concepts which they must learn and apply to function effectively in our society. The District, in partnership with parents, endeavors to motivate, inspire, and encourage all students to use their unique potentials to reach their highest level of academic achievement and emotional and physical well-being.
1. All students will reach high academic standards, attaining proficiency or better in reading, writing and mathematics.
Teachers will engage and challenge all students with enriched standards-based instruction, providing additional support for students with special needs through a variety of strategies, including differentiated instruction, small group instruction, on going assessment, access to technology, and other best practices.
2. English Learners will become proficient in English and reach high academic standards attaining proficiency or better in reading, writing and mathematics.
Students will be taught by teachers trained in ELD strategies and participate in Mainstream English, Sheltered English Immersion and/or Transitional programs to support their acquisition of English.
3. All students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug-free and conducive to learning. School staff members will form influential relationships with students and will focus on building assets in them that will help them grow into capable, responsible and healthy young people.
Schools will support students’ physical, social, emotional, intellectual and psychological development and will address barriers to student learning.
4. All students will be taught by highly qualified teachers. No Child Left Behind defines a highly qualified teacher as someone who has: 1) a bachelor’s degree, 2) full state certification, and 3) demonstrated subject matter competency.
The recruitment, selection, training and retention of high quality staff will be a priority.
The East Whittier City School District will foster in all students the development of:
POSITIVE SELF CONCEPT which will enable them to evaluate their individual capabilities and goals;
RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELF which will enable them to make choices and evaluate consequences;
HEALTHFUL LIVING which will enable them to understand, acquire and maintain the skills for good physical, mental and emotional health;
CONSTRUCTIVE HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS which will enable them to interact effectively with individuals and groups;
CRITICAL THINKING which will enable them to reason and evaluate independently;
COMMUNICATION SKILLS which will enable them to read, write, speak and listen effectively;
COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS which will enable them to learn basic principles and operations of mathematics and to understand their theoretical and practical applications;
SCIENTIFIC SKILLS AND UNDERSTANDINGS which will enable them to interpret, predict and utilize forces, objects and events and to be aware of the relationship between technological advancement and changes in the physical and social environment;
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND INTELLIGENT CITIZENSHIP which will enable them to acquire a knowledge of the political, economic and social developments of our own and other communities, states and nations;
SENSITIVITY FOR OTHERS which will enable them to develop an understanding and appreciation of people of all cultures;
FEELINGS OF CONCERN FOR THIS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS which will encourage them to be active participants in society;
AESTHETIC SKILLS, UNDERSTANDINGS AND APPRECIATIONS which will enrich their lives through participation in the fine and applied arts;
AWARENESS OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES which will help them assess their own skills and interests.