Commitment to small schools:
We believe that children thrive in small, personal settings where all staff knows each child and family. We believe that the child's interest is best served when parents and school staff cooperate and support each other's efforts. Small classes afford both the teacher and student the most flexibility to accommodate learning needs.
Commitment to character development:
We also believe that character development should be a primary roll of education and that the school will regularly and deliberately teach and reinforce, through all its activities, the character traits of honesty, industry, kindness, generosity, courage, perseverance, loyalty, independence of thought, self-discipline and responsibility.
Commitment to creating informed citizens:
We believe that children should be educated to become world citizens, exposed to and informed about the geography and peoples of our globe. We want them to know that all human beings have value and are to be treated with respect. The school itself, then, must be a place where everyone is respectful and models courteous human relationships at all times.
Commitment to a strong foundation in the core subjects:
A good education must provide a solid grounding in the subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts, best achieved by a clearly articulated and sequential curriculum in each subject. In addition to learning facts and concepts, we believe it is important for children to develop higher order thinking skills to solve problems independently. Student performance will be assessed by a combination of criterion-reference and norm-referenced measures, as well as oral and written work products.
Commitment to the Arts:
We believe that students will learn self-expression through the Arts. Artists and performers will work with the faculty to develop programs in dance, music, drawing, painting, sculpting, pottery, drama, and architecture. Students will have opportunities to explore more deeply various art mediums with real-life mentors and teachers.
Commitment to real life learning:
We believe that students learn best when they are actively involved in learning experiences that apply to skills and knowledge in real life. These kinds of experiences will be prevalent in our school. Technological proficiency is critical to future life success, therefore technology tools will be used daily by both students and staff to make education more relevant, efficient and effective.
Commitment to supporting educators:
We are convinced that competent, creative and dedicated teachers are the most important component of a good school. This commitment to teaching staff will be evident in all the school's activities. Everything will serve to support the teacher's ability to do his/her best at teaching.
Commitment to Wakulla's unique environment:
We believe that Wakulla County's environment provides a unique opportunity to foster appreciation for nature and to teach children about the interdependence of all living things and the importance of caring for our natural resources. We would expect that environmental awareness would permeate all areas of curriculum and serve as a central focus for science instruction.