We believe that the primary responsibility of our school is to provide quality instruction and to create a safe learning atmosphere which affords the opportunity to develop the intellectual, physical, social, emotional and ethical dimensions of each student in our community, from the least to the most capable.  We seek to present a backdrop against which there is generous space for individualism and mutual respect to thrive.  We encourage student involvement and service to the community.

    It is our school’s obligation to prepare students to meet the New York State Standards and to offer educational alternatives to students through varied programs for the realization of their individual abilities.  The school must instill knowledge and teach skills which will be utilized in dealing competently with changing modes of our society, meeting the demands of evolving technology, and providing the basis for ongoing education.  We also strive to establish an attitude in each student which welcomes each new learning experience as an opportunity to grow, a challenge to judge critically and a chance to compare ideas from different disciplines.  Through these experiences of creating and discovering, the students’ lives will be enriched. 

    1. Further, it is our belief that central to the implementation of this philosophy is the combined effort of a concerned administration, a dedicated faculty and an enlightened community.  The achievement of this philosophy rests upon the realization of the following goals:
    2. To ensure that students achieve the highest possible level of reading, writing, and mathematical competency commensurate with individual abilities and aptitudes.
    3. To develop each student’s ability to analyze, understand, synthesize and explore knowledge from a variety of sources.
    4. To help students identify their goals and develop means of achieving them through academic, vocational and technical programs.
    5. To foster appreciation of our historical and cultural heritages.
    6. To recognize and comprehend the processes of effective citizenship in order to participate in and contribute to the governance of a democratic society.
    7. To foster students’ awareness of contemporary problems and the process of searching for solutions.
    8. To develop the students’ ability to use current and developing technologies for academic, occupational and social pursuits, including an awareness of potential misuses.
    9. To instill in students the awareness that they bear the responsibility, through their acts, for the quality of their environment.
    10. To instill a desire to undertake self-directed and life-long learning via curricular and extra curricular activities.
    11. To help students develop a sense of self-worth, self-confidence and self-direction.
    12. To develop personal resources in order to help students maintain mental, physical, and emotional health.
    13. To increase and develop the capacity for creativity, recreation and self-renewal.
    14. To encourage students’ openness to new ideas and acceptance of individual differences and foster caring, forgiveness, and altruism.
    15. To create a climate in which students and teachers may easily come together for discussion and exchange of ideas.
    16. To encourage the community to share its concerns and ideas through meetings and programs open to the public.
    17. To assist students in acquiring functional communicative skills in a second language and to increase their sensitivity to the languages and traditions of other nations.
    18. To provide an environment that promotes awareness of cultural similarities and differences and fosters an appreciation of all cultures.
    19. To instill a sense of aesthetic appreciation for the arts and music based upon a knowledge of the fundamental elements of these areas.
    20. To explore all avenues of intervention for students in need prior to labeling them as children with disabilities.
    21. To make a free and appropriate education available to those students impaired by physical, learning or emotional handicaps, in the least restrictive environment.
    22. To teach students the ability to resolve conflicts in a peaceful and productive manner.
    23. To provide academically and socially for students who immigrate to our country.
    24. To recognize and make use of the fact that peer interventions are highly effective in assisting other students who are experiencing difficulties.
    25. To provide students with the opportunity to meet the new Regents standards and assessments.
    26. To more thoroughly educate students on emergency procedures to maximize the safety of all students from any internal or external dangers.