3000 - Educational Program

3000 Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program

The board believes that the function of formal education is to provide a foundation for lifelong learning and to enable each student to participate effectively and responsibly in a changing world.  The board recognizes the critical role of parents, governmental and nonprofit agencies, businesses, and the community in helping individual students and the school system meet educational goals.  A successful educational program also depends on innovation at the individual school level.  The board is committed to allowing the administrators at individual schools to develop and implement plans necessary to ensure the educational success of their students.

In addition to providing a basic education program as prescribed by the State Board of Education, the board believes that the administrators of the educational program also must strive to provide students with the opportunity to achieve the following goals:

1.    Academic Development

•    develop the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms;

•    develop background and skills in the use of natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and foreign languages;

•    develop skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and group interaction;

•    achieve high levels of success in a rigorous curriculum;

•    prepare for challenging curriculum beyond secondary school and, when appropriate, complete high school courses required for college entry in less than four years;

•    remain in school and earn a high school diploma and, when appropriate, earn additional college credit;

•    acquire the skills necessary for success as life-long learners;

2.    Citizenship and Civic Responsibility

•    learn to be responsible for and accept the consequences of their conduct and academic performance;

•    acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for effective citizenship;

•    acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to become effective consumers;

•    recognize themselves as integral parts of the natural environment and demonstrate active concern and appreciation for that environment;

3.    Career Development

•    acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate for career goals;

•    learn and acquire the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adaptation to change in the workplace and society;

•    acquire the skills needed for technological literacy in a rapidly changing world;

4.    Competence in Human and Social Relations

•    develop understanding and respect for themselves and others;

•    develop an understanding of American culture and American heritage and their relationship to the culture and heritage of others;

•    foster respect and appreciation for cultural and ideological diversity and differences;

•    develop skills and attitudes necessary for good mental and physical health;

•    develop self-discipline;

•    develop an understanding of group dynamics and an ability to be productive in a tam environment.

5.    Development of Creative Interests and Talents

•    develop skills and interests to make satisfying worthwhile use of leisure time; and

•    gain an appreciation of various art forms and develop special interests and skills in these areas.

The goals and objectives of the educational program will be used to guide administrators, teachers and the board in all of their duties, including curriculum development, selection of materials and issues related to instructional time.

Legal References:
G.S. 115C-12(32), -36, -47, -81; State Board of Education Policies GCS-F-016, GCS-L-006
Cross References:
Curriculum Development (policy 3100), Selection of Textbooks and Supplementary Materials (policy 3200), Counseling Programs (policy 3610)
Monday, 11 April 2011
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