Educational Philosophy

Vision

Becoming the model for urban education in the United States.

Mission Statement

The Des Moines Public Schools Exist So That Graduates Possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities to Be Successful at the Next Stage of Their Lives.

Student Expectations

Students demonstrate proficiency and understanding of a rigorous core curriculum:

  • They demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • They demonstrate proficiency in mathematics, including algebra and geometry
  • They demonstrate financial and economic literacy
  • They demonstrate an understanding of the value of fine and performing arts in society
  • They demonstrate proficiency in technological and information literacy
  • They demonstrate proficiency in science, including life, earth and physical science

Students possess the knowledge and skills to be self-directed and autonomous:

  • They demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • They exercise sound reasoning in making complex choices
  • They exhibit creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking
  • They understand the attributes of physical and mental well-being

Students have world awareness:

  • They learn from and work with individuals representing diverse cultures and religions in a spirit of mutual respect in school, work and community
  • They understand the rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state, national, and global levels
  • They are actively engaged in community life
  • They will be exposed to languages and cultures of the world