Educational Philosophy

We believe that every student is capable of personal academic excellence if provided with the right educational environment, excellent teachers, and comprehensive support systems.

1. High Expectations

PFSJCS promotes a rigorous academic and social curriculum with high expectations for student performance and behavior. All students are expected to master a college preparatory curriculum so they can successfully complete college. Research has shown that student grades improve when schools establish and maintain high expectations. (Tauber, Robert T. 1998)

2. Active Community Membership

PFSJCS intentionally brings students, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members together as a supportive community for communication, collaboration, to uphold the mission, and share a common vision of achievement. Having a shared vision has been proven to help with community development and school success. (Walsh, J. 2000)

3. Excellent Teaching

PFSJCS recognizes the importance of hiring and supporting highly qualified teachers, who are: passionate about their subject, skilled at establishing a positive and productive classroom environment, committed to differentiating instruction to meet individual needs, able to provide meaningful feedback, willing to communicate regularly with parents, and committed to student success.

4. Clear Goals and Expectations

PFSJCS provides clear standards and rubrics for academic and social performance, so that all community members know expectations and have a clear and consistent understanding of what constitutes mastery and success.

5. Specific Data and Feedback Systems

PFSJCS uses meaningful and supportive assessments systems to determine student/school needs, make appropriate adjustments, and meet or exceed student/school performance goals.

6. Individualized Support

PFSJCS will address the individual needs of each student through: identification of strengths, abilities, and areas of concern; creating and monitoring student success plans; utilizing differentiated instruction; providing classroom and afterschool support systems; and assuring college preparation and support.