Student or Scholar?
Our Mission Statement promises that we challenge our students "to develop to their highest and fullest potentials while preparing them for success..." In addition, our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (see below) expand upon that promise by more specifically stating what our graduates will have accomplished. Why did we use the term scholars as compared to students in creating the headings for the specific outcomes?
Anyone who is "dedicated to a lifetime of multi-faceted learning" must maintain a high level of curiosity, which is the impetus for the pursuit of knowledge. Our graduates will know how to seek, find, analyze, evaluate, and properly utilize information. All this requires them to put their character education and leadership skills to use, as the independent demonstration of responsibility, respect, and diligence will be required. This independence will then foster the kinds of critical and creative thinking that will allow them to steer their own courses towards achieving success.
To us, scholars pursue knowledge and understanding, striving for depth and complexity, while fulfilling all their school responsibilities to high levels of achievement; whereas, students merely attend school, complete assignments, and pass tests to whatever level they believe is acceptable.
SCHOOLWIDE LEARNER OUTCOMES
Warren-Walker School Students Will Be Prepared To Be:
Respectful and Responsible Citizens Who:
- Possess empathy and the ability to work well with others
- Are dependable and take responsibility for their own actions
- Demonstrate integrity and a commitment to moral values and community service.
- Independently produce quality work
- Are able to self-assess accurately, set personal goals, monitor progress, and be a model to others
- Believe in their self-worth and maintain a positive view of self
Successful Scholars Who:
- Demonstrate fluency in oral and written language
- Apply critical thinking and comprehension skills
- Consistently practice the transfer of cognitive skills to individual and/or varied learning experiences
- Communicate effectively
- Use numbers competently
- Demonstrate understanding of mathematical principles
- Apply problem solving strategies to real-life situations
- Approach mathematics confidently
- Incorporate technology for organizing, learning, and creating
- Integrate skill, knowledge, and creativity across the disciplines
- Are dedicated to a lifetime of multi-faceted learning
Self-Directed and Independent Thinkers Who:
- Gather and comprehend information and apply it to new situations
- Approach new situations willing to think, adjust, create, and find varied solutions
- Analyze data and experiences in order to synthesize parts into a new whole
- Clarify, organize, and express individual thoughts and ideas
- Express creativity through art, music, drama, etc.
- Evaluate information and experiences
- Formulate supported opinions
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