Our Vision, Mission and Beliefs
We see a student-centered school district that recognizes that children are its reason for being, where each child is valued and held in highest esteem, where individual differences and needs are understood, addressed, and respected.
We see a proactive school district that welcomes the challenge to change, using research to continuously implement the best of what we know about how people learn, where every system decision is made to foster and enhance opportunities to refine lifelong learning skills, where learning is viewed as a community asset and everyone is actively committed to success, highest achievement, and quality performance for all.
We see an exemplary school district where the learning environment is grounded in trust and cooperation, where what we do and how we do it is driven by our beliefs and vision and reflects what we know about the best in education.
We see an allied community and school district that mutually support and enhance each other, expressing pride in accomplishments and encouraging growth and innovation.
We see a collaborative community and school district that openly encourages and welcomes partnerships for academic, social, and cultural endeavors.
We see all stakeholders in the Van Dyke Schools as a dynamic "community of learners" that publicly affirms and demonstrates that the quest for excellence is a lifelong process.
Van Dyke Public Schools' mission is to continue to promote educational excellence and provide opportunities for all students to become contributing members of society. This will be accomplished by maintaining comprehensive programs that are responsive to an ever-changing world.
Through the School Improvement Process, the Van Dyke School community will:
A. promote a partnership between the students, parents, staff and community to provide a quality education;
B. monitor, evaluate, and modify its programs as necessary to ensure the highest standards; and
C. encourage a caring atmosphere which fosters mutual respect.
The educational program and process will help students develop the knowledge and intellectual skills necessary to be successful after graduation and throughout life.
Content, instruction, and assessments will be stimulating, intellectually challenging, and relevant to the lives of students.
The district will foster a climate that supports and believes in the success of all students.
Appropriate interventions and remediation will be available to students who are having difficulty, for whatever reason, whether meeting curriculum standards, failing classes or dropping out of school. All students can and will strive to demonstrate proficiency on grade level and high school content standards and on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and the Michigan Merit Exam (MME).
Van Dyke Public Schools will provide an aligned curriculum and deliver instruction that meets the needs of a diverse population.
Van Dyke Public Schools will work to provide adequate time for collaboration among teachers to create and maintain a well articulated K - 12 curriculum that meets the needs of all students.
Each school will provide time to collaborate with parents on their student's academic achievement, test results, course selection, post secondary education and career plans.
The professional development program of the district is data driven, collaborative, and needs based. The professional development program is based on current research and best practice.
All students will be assured an equitable curriculum and program offerings.
All students regardless of unique needs will be fully included within all curriculum, instruction and assessment activities whenever possible.