Through active, participatory learning, all students will be expected to achieve academically and will be provided with a variety of instructional activities to meet their individual needs. Students will develop literacy and communication skills, will think critically, will acquire and apply mathematics and science concepts, and will become familiar with technology. Students will have the opportunity to learn about, experience and engage in the arts. A variety of extra-curricular and athletic activities will provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and cooperative attitudes as well as pursue individual interests and talents. Students will acquire moral and ethical values that will enable them to become independent and responsible citizens. Respect for self and others will be modeled and diversity will be recognized and celebrated. Teachers will actively participate in the development of curriculum and professional development activities and will assume leadership roles. Parents and community members will be encouraged to support the educational process, become involved in school activities, and volunteer their time and expertise to the school.