The Greenburgh-Graham School District provides a safe, equitable, and supportive environment that meets the individual needs of all students in their quest for academic, social, intellectual, and personal growth.
The Greenburgh-Graham School District’s mission is to provide a K-12 day or residential educational program for students who have not succeeded in traditional school programs, in an environment where personalized educational experiences yield social and academic success and prepare students for graduation, college, and career.
5 Guiding Principles
In order to ensure "Success for Every Student," the Greenburgh-Graham School District establishes high expectations for all students and provides the support required to help them meet those expectations. Every student is recognized and valued as an individual, and the creation of support systems allows each student to attain the high standards of the school community. Staff members understand the importance of pursuing equity; therefore, they provide each individual
student with appropriate levels of support to meet or exceed expectations. To attain this core value faculty and staff:
A. Provide students with access to opportunities and resources that allow students to meet expectations for learning in academic, social, and emotional contexts.
B. Provide students with necessary interventions to ensure achievement of curricular expectations and appropriate social and emotional development.
C. Provide students with the information and support to develop educational and career goals for transitioning to, through, and beyond high school.
D. Teach and guide students using Collaborative Problem Solving increasing responsibility for their learning, decisions, and actions.
E. Provide students access and encouragement that allows students to explore and take advantage of the variety of opportunities for participation in curricular and extracurricular programs.
F. Support students to persevere and improve intellectually and ethically as they actively engage in academic and extracurricular pursuits.
G. Staff models values such as courtesy, respect, integrity and responsibility in our interaction with students, families, stakeholders and others.
2. Personalized Learning
In order to ensure "Success for Every Student," the Greenburgh-Graham UFSD dedicates itself to a comprehensive and clearly articulated curriculum comprised of what should be learned, how it will be taught, and how learning will be assessed. From the classroom to the athletic field and in all activities, students prepare to accept the challenges and responsibilities good citizenship. To attain this mission:
A. Students learn important academic content, analyze and think critically, develop social and emotional competencies, and work toward physical well-being.
B. Curriculum, instruction, and assessment are dynamic, intellectually challenging, and attentive to the diverse learning needs of students.
C. Formative and summative assessments monitor student learning and track progress toward explicit learning targets, inform instruction, and support programmatic decisions.
D. Curricular teams and Professional Learning Communities collaborate to meet educational goals through the use of technology, interdisciplinary learning, and innovative teaching techniques.
E. Students actively engage in their learning and the assessment of such learning. Feedback provides focus for learning and growth and promotes individual improvement.
F. We offer an environment of fast and flexible response to the needs of our students.
3. Community Engagement
In order to ensure "Success for Every Student," the Greenburgh-Graham UFSD values the importance of strong collaborative relationships with its extended community: families, Graham Windham, government agencies, and referring educational systems. The Greenburgh-Graham UFSD recognizes its position as a leading professional learning community and actively participates in state and national educational initiatives. To attain this mission:
A. The school engages in shared, collaborative opportunities with the extended Graham Windham campus community to foster partnerships promoting the District’s and campus’ vision and values.
B. The extended community through the Graham School Foundation, Graham Windham Board, surrounding communities, sending districts, and the Greenburgh-Graham School Board, committing to working on civil rights equity issues to provide the various resources that enable the school to offer academic and extracurricular programs.
C. The school arches out to all families to play an active role in the education of their children, monitor their children’s academic performance, and work collaboratively and positively with staff to maximize their children’s educational growth.
D. The school continually seeks effective partnerships with Graham Windham, sending districts, and postsecondary institutions to maintain articulation and provide seamless programs.
4. A Culture for Learning
In order to ensure "Success for Every Student," the Greenburgh-Graham School District establishes a safe, caring environment and fosters a culture that is highly collaborative through Professional Learning Communities and enables all stakeholders to engage in ongoing learning. The Greenburgh-Graham School District dedicates itself to meaningful teaching and learning experiences. Such a culture maximizes learning, builds mutual respect between all members of the
Greenburgh-Graham community, and supports high levels of collaboration. To attain this mission:
A. All members recognize and appreciate the diversity in the greater school community, encourage mutual respect, and promote social awareness among all school stakeholders (Graham-Windham, campus, parents, guardians, families).
B. Learning is dynamic and socially constructed, requires student engagement and collaboration, and supports relationships with peers and teachers.
C. Students have access to the curricular and extracurricular aspects of school life to promote personal growth and life-long learning.
D. All members value social-emotional learning and work diligently to serve as models for all members of the school community.
E. The campus and school promotes and models healthy life choices and responsible decision-making as we continue to work to eliminate alcohol, drugs, violence, and bullying.
F. The campus and school promotes, recognizes, and celebrates individual and collective effort.
5. Professional Learning Community
In order to ensure "Success for Every Student," we commit to collaborative practices that ensure continuous improvement and progress toward the vision. The collective expertise and passionate commitment to learning drives individuals to excellence in their fields. To attain this mission:
- A. All members of the school community actively promote and uphold the District’s mission, vision, values, and goals.
B. The District commits to recruiting, developing, and retaining individuals who embrace the school’s mission, vision, values, and goals.
C. All adults commit to developing and contributing to high-performing collaborative teams to better serve and support all students.
D. All members of the learning community understand that personal and professional development depends on goal-setting resulting from thoughtful and critical reflection, which leads to continued learning and growth.
E. Everyone commits to innovation, collective inquiry, evidence-based decision-making, and reflects on the results of teaching and learning.
F. Prepare all students to graduate from high school with a meaningful post-secondary education plan.