Hillcrest Middle School Beliefs

The mission of Hillcrest Middle School is to build a collaborative learning community focused on student achievement.

  1. The school should provide a caring, safe, nurturing, and physically comfortable environment where student learning is the top priority and where student learning needs are the primary focus.
  2. All students can learn, and appropriate and equal opportunities for success should exist when students have challenging, suitable, and attainable expectations for learning and when students actively engage in the learning process.
  3. Educational experiences should enable students to understand essential knowledge and skills, solve problems competently, think critically and creatively, apply their learning in meaningful contexts, produce quality work, communicate effectively, and act responsibly.
  4. Because the adolescent learner possesses unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs, the school should use a variety of instructional approaches, learning activities, and assessment techniques to accommodate individual student needs and differences in learning styles.
  5. Positive and appropriate school programs, strategies, and relationships should reinforce the value of a good education, foster mutual respect, teach good citizenship, and encourage school and community responsibilities.
  6. Culturally diverse experiences should enhance students' interest and participation in the overall school program and increase students' understanding of different peoples and cultures.
  7. Computer literacy is a vital component for success in today's technological world, and its integration into the total school experience should enable learners to gain the confidence and skills necessary to compete successfully in life.
  8. Exceptional students require special services and resources.
  9. Related arts offerings should complement and broaden the total educational experience.
  10. Advancing the school's mission is the shared responsibility of teachers, administrators, home, and community, and a strong commitment by all to improvement in education will enable students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.