Engage the whole child — intellectually, social-emotionally, and physically
Each school year we select one of our five mission elements to focus special attention on. As the world begins to recover and our own community works to rebound, we have chosen this upcoming year to emphasize our commitment to do our best to meet our students’ needs in every category. This important part of our mission is no small undertaking – it permeates every aspect of what we do each day – but it has never been more important than right now. The school shares a portion of the responsibility for the mental and emotional healing that our students will need while we begin to emerge from a global public health crisis. As we continue to focus on their academic advancement and intellectual growth, we will also be sure we maintain and expand our support of their social-emotional and physical well-being. Here’s a bit about what that means for the upcoming school year:
- Expanding our farm and gardening program. We are entering into a partnership with experienced farmers that will provide our students additional opportunities to learn about plants, the local food economy and increase the amount of produce grown onsite for our award-winning nutrition program.
- Strengthening our counseling resources. We are growing our counseling programs at both campuses to provide students with additional resources and support outside of the classroom.
- Focusing on academic growth. We have created a new Dean of Academic Growth post to help us focus on academic attainment from a school wide perspective. This position will not only include oversight of our special education programs, but also support everything we do outside of the classroom to maximize each student’s academic success.
- Providing transportation to increase accessibility. Even though we are a neighborhood school, some students – and prospective students – face difficulty getting to our buildings; particularly younger students who do not live in Grant Park. We will purchase a vehicle that will help address this transportation issue, and be available to the school for a variety of uses.
These new initiatives will be added to what is already a comprehensive focus on the whole child that makes our school unique. We will also expand that same approach to every member of our school family – parents/caregivers, faculty/staff and our governing board.