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Mission, Vision, and Learning Principles


The mission of the Parkway School District is to ensure all students are capable, curious and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world.


We succeed when all our students and graduates are:

  • able to transfer their prior learning to new demands, in and out of school
  • fully prepared for their next educational challenges
  • creative, thoughtful and effective problem solvers
  • increasingly self-directed, skilled and persistent as learners
  • literate and critical consumers of information and ideas
  • articulate speakers and effective listeners
  • acting out of a strong sense of personal, social and civic responsibility
  • always seeking to understand the views, values and cultures of others
  • working skillfully with others to achieve common goals
  • pursuing a personal direction based on an understanding of their talents and interests


The conditions under which optimal learning takes place are observable in our classrooms and confirmed by educational research.  Therefore, as a learning institution, we commit to ensuring learners:

  • understand the purpose and outcomes of their learning as well as the standards required for success
  • transfer their learning to new situations beyond the classroom and school
  • make meaning of content within helpful conceptual frameworks and multiple contexts
  • use feedback to improve products, performances, key skills, and transfer of learning
  • self-assess and self-adjust their learning through reflection against rigorous goals
  • construct new knowledge by building on prior knowledge and activating earlier ideas
  • test ideas, take intellectual risks, and learn from mistakes in pursuit of understanding
  • experience learning challenges that match their abilities, needs, and interests
  • realize that the capacity to learn is not fixed; ability and understanding can always improve