Maricopa County Regional School District sets itself apart from other public schools by granting autonomy to the people with the greatest understanding of what the students need. The teachers.
Instructional decisions are made by the instructional staff and guided by the following values:
Every day we ask, “How can I make today the best day of a student’s life?”
Every student is capable of making social, emotional, and academic growth through the course of a school year. That growth is different for every student.
Academic standards are a structure in which inquiry, discovery and innovation can thrive.
Instructional episodes (lessons, units, etc.) should be based on the interests and passions of the students.
Assessments should be authentic and used to determine growth, identify gaps and to develop interventions/enrichment.
Learning is best achieved through authentic, integrated experiences that develop students’ talents, passions and identities as learners, community members and successful citizens.
School should conform to the social, emotional and academic needs of the students. Students should not have to conform to the predetermined structures of a school.
Engaging every student in becoming a productive member of the learning community is the role of the entire staff.
Play is essential to the learning, personal development and community engagement of all students.
Students need in-school and after-school activities which enable them to discover their passions, gifts and connect them to the community.
Behavior is an expression of met and unmet needs and should be developed through nurturing relationships. Not through punishment and rewards. Managing student behavior in the context of the community happens by:
Addressing and discussing the needs of the school community
Building healthy relationships between educators and students
Reducing, preventing and improving harmful behavior
Repairing harm and restoring positive relationships
Resolving conflict, holding individuals and groups accountable