Mission Statement: The mission of McDowell County Schools is to provide quality education in a safe and supportive environment where we respect students' individual and cultural differences, develop their talents in partnership with family and community, and ensure that they possess the life skills necessary for personal successes and civic responsibility. Statements of Beliefs: - We believe all children can learn and it is our responsibility to teach them well. - We believe a safe, supportive, and inviting school climate is essential for student learning. - We believe students learn best when expectations are high and they are held accountable for their academic performance and personal behavior. - We believe students learn best when the family, school, and community are partners sharing in the responsibilities of the learning process. - We believe students become good citizens when they have daily interaction with caring, competent, and positive models. We believe it is our responsibility to provide a variety of instructional approaches to support students' learning styles and cultural differences.