Chapter I: The School’s Philosophy and Purpose
Criterion: The school has established a clear statement of philosophy.
Francis Parker School remains invigorated by the innovative spirit that inspired its original founding nearly a century ago. Through frequent public and self-reminders that it is an inheritor of the legacy of John Dewey, Francis Parker continues to articulate and live a mission which calls it to be at the forefront of American pre-collegiate education. Francis Parker School articulates a set of ten basic expectations for student growth and learning at all levels and these provide the framework against which all programs are designed and measured.
Francis Parker’s Self-Study calls for the full School community, including the Board of Trustees, to review the mission and philosophy statements in the context of the current Strategic Plan.
The Committee commends:
- the administration, faculty, staff and students for bringing the philosophy of the School to life through their thoughts, words and deeds.
- the Board of Trustees and administration for including all constituencies in its 2005-2006 review of the mission and philosophy statements.
- the Head of School and Division Principals for their frequent use of the mission statement in public gatherings and major publications as a means of articulating the key goals of the School.
- the faculty and staff for maintaining the language and spirit, as well as implementing Colonel Francis Parker’s vision of “learning by doing.”
The Committee recommends that:
- the Board of Trustees, Head of School and representative constituent groups complete the process of creating a succinct “Vision Statement” which encapsulates the ideal of the Francis Parker experience.
- the Head of School, senior administration, and faculty continue an effort to build in all constituencies a shared understanding of the meaning of the mission statement as a whole as well as its component parts and terms.
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