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INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS/PRIORITY OBJECTIVES

 


The educational goals for the School District of the City of St. Charles focus on the student and address quality in education. The goals are relevant to the lives of students of any age, whether in formal institutions of learning, programs of continuing education or any learning environment. The goals adopted by the school district correspond closely to those that have been established for all Missouri schools by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The four categories of goals may be related to formalized school experiences or individual attainment. Regardless of the language, responsibility is placed upon both the school and the student. Appropriate outcomes necessitate that citizens, educators and especially the students make wise use of available resources. The goals are intertwined; no one goal stands apart from the rest. These goals help define performance objectives for students, identify tasks to be performed by teachers in giving life to those objectives, and help determine means for evaluating student progress.


Intellectual Development


It is the goal of the district that each individual will have the opportunity to develop his or her intellectual ability to the extent of his or her developmental capacity. The development of intellectual ability should include not only the acquisition of knowledge but also the creative ability to process and use that knowledge so that each individual becomes a literate and worthwhile member of society.


In order to acquire the desired knowledge and fundamental intellectual processes, the Board of Education believes that each individual should become proficient in:

 

        Communication -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in and a positive attitude toward: reading, writing, listening, speaking and spelling.

 

        Quantitative Thinking -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in and a positive attitude toward: numeration, computation, mathematical analysis and reasoning.

 

        Social Processes -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in and a positive attitude toward: the history of mankind's relation to its social environment, mankind's relation to its contemporary environment, the development of governmental systems, the evolution of major and minor world cultures and the development of historical and contemporary social and ethnic problems.

 

        Scientific Understanding -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in and a positive attitude toward: life sciences, earth sciences and physical sciences.

 

        Aesthetic Sensitivity -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in and a positive attitude toward: visual and performing arts and aesthetic qualities of his or her environment including both natural and manmade structures.


Physical Development


It is the goal of the district that each individual will have opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and/or skills in the process of:

 

        Growth and Maturation -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop a positive attitude toward growth and maturation as well as knowledge, understanding and skills in the process of the human organism from conception through old age. Family living and sex education instruction will be provided according to state and district guidelines.

 

        Health -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop a positive attitude toward health, hygiene, nutrition and safety as well as knowledge, understanding and skills in the principles which are necessary to ensure a properly functioning body and mind.

 

        Recreation -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop a positive attitude toward games and activities as well as knowledge, understanding and skills in group and individual games and activities.


Social Development


It is the goal of the district that each individual will have opportunity to develop social skills to the extent of his or her developmental ability. These skills should be related to:

 

        Social and Physical Environment -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in appropriate interpersonal relationships in the home and larger society and in the conservation of natural and manufactured resources.

 

        Cultural Awareness -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop a respect for and a knowledge of persons of different racial, religious and/or social backgrounds based on meaningful personal experiences.

 

        Governmental Institutions and Citizenship -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in appropriate skills related to participation in school and civic affairs; development, enactment and enforcement of laws; and the creation and function of governmental organization.

 

        Avocational Pursuits -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in self-selected areas of interest which provide for appropriate nonvocational use of time and other resources.

 

        Concept of Self, Morality and Values -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop positive moral, spiritual and ethical values. He or she will develop an understanding and acceptance of himself or herself -- his or her own worth and potentialities.


Career Development


It is the goal of the district that each individual be provided with career exploration opportunities. Career development should include all aspects necessary in developing a way of life. These activities should be related to:

 

        Social Significance of Work -- Each individual will have the opportunity to develop positive attitudes toward the personal and social significance of work and will have the opportunity to develop and expand his or her occupational awareness and aspirations.

 

        Occupational Exploration -- Each individual will have the opportunity to evaluate his or her interest, aptitudes, abilities and needs as they relate to occupational roles and will have the opportunity to explore (actual or simulated) broad occupational clusters to lead him or her toward tentative career selection.

 

        Occupational Preparation -- Each individual will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills in a selected occupational cluster for job entry and/or further education.

 

        Occupational Education (Adult Training and/or Retraining) -- Opportunity will be provided for adults to receive training and/or retraining necessary for appropriate employment or job upgrading.


Organization of Instruction


The organization of instruction is designed to meet the standards established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.

 

Adopted:       10/14/1993

 

Revised:        09/14/1995

 

Cross Refs:    AD, School District Mission


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