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Educational Philosophy




We, the members of the School Board of East Alton Elementary School District No. 13, as legal officials of the State of Illinois, duly elected by the people of our District, are obligated to the youth and adults of our District to ensure that their educational needs are met in the best possible manner. We will exhibit leadership in all endeavors to improve the District’s educational program and facilities.

We believe that the educational program should provide each student with the opportunity to develop to his fullest capacity in the areas of mental, physical, and emotional needs.

We feel that the following statements should be the goals of a well-rounded education. Each student should:

1. Attain, commensurate with his abilities, his optimum proficiency in language arts, mathematics, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, fine arts, physical development, and health.

2. Develop an ethical sense which will help him manifest tolerance, kindness, justice to all others and responsibility for his actions.

3. Develop an appreciation for his role in the family and in civic groups.

4. Develop skills for effective participation in the democratic processes.

5. Develop knowledge and understanding of his natural environment.

6. Develop economic competence as a consumer.

7. Develop saleable skills and vocational competence.

8. Explore and develop an appreciation of the arts.

9. Develop wise use of leisure time.

10. Develop zeal for continuous learning and self-improvement.

11. Be exposed to the world of work.

We will strive to provide the citizens of this community with the most complete educational program possible. Every effort will be made to:

1. To provide the highest moral, ethical and professional leadership.

2. To secure in the judgment of the School Board the best personnel available.

3. To inform the employees of any actions of the School Board pertinent to their particular interests.

4. To make the best use of the physical plant that was provided by the taxpayers.

5. To advise and inform the lay public from time to time of all school activities and to seek their advice.

Long Range Planning

Long range as well as short term goals are necessary for the continuation and growth of the educational program.

Constant review and evaluation of educational plans are necessary for growth and excellence.

Educational leadership, as provided by the Superintendent, is necessary for the implementation of curriculum innovations.

Fiscal responsibility is achieved and maintained through planning.

The administrative staff is charged with the responsibility of keeping the School Board apprised of the current and future status of the educational program. The status report may include but not be limited to:

a review and evaluation of the present curriculum;

a projection of curriculum needs;

a projection of resource needs and availability for the instructional program;

plan for the implementation of new or revised instructional programs;

a review of staff organization and projection of staff assignments;

a review of present facilities and a projection of facility needs.

Statement of Objectives

Realizing that the ultimate success of the educational program of the District is measured in terms of the accomplishments of the individual student, the East Alton Elementary School District No. 13 School Board has the following objectives:To foster in the student self-discovery, self-awareness and self-discipline, enabling him to realize his worth as a human being and to formulate a personal set of values and goals.

To develop a positive attitude toward and practice of those disciplines which will produce a healthy mind and body.

To develop an awareness of present and past cultures and civilizations, acquainting the student with the variations in mankind’s cultural patterns and with the evolution of his national and cultural heritage.

To stimulate intellectual curiosity, guiding the student to learn how to seek further knowledge by familiarizing him with the resources and challenges of the world around him.

To provide fundamental career concepts and skills, developing in the student a foundation for further career training.

To direct the student in becoming proficient in the art of verbal and non-verbal communication.

To encourage an appreciation of beauty and to assist the student in developing a capacity for aesthetic perception, creation and judgment. To encourage the student to discover and build from his individual strengths and to develop an awareness of the value of striving toward excellence and mastery of skills.

To help the student learn to deal effectively with other people, encouraging in him a sensitivity to the needs and values of others and a respect for individual and group differences.

To develop social and personal responsibility, involving the student in decision-making processes and problem-solving activities as he works toward constructive change.

To help the student recognize the basic laws of nature that govern the universe and to help him use these laws to predict natural phenomena and to determine their impact on his environment.

To help the student realize his relationship to his fellow man through learning about man and man’s laws and how to live in harmony with them.

To develop an understanding of consumer education and economic principles for the purpose of achieving, within the framework of the student’s own values, maximum utilization of, and satisfaction from one’s resources.