Vision / Mission / Beliefs / Guiding Questions / Student Learning Outcomes

Vision Statement
Sylmar High is committed to graduating students who are academically, socially, and emotionally ready for the next steps in their lives.
 
 
Mission Statement
Sylmar High School will:
• Develop students who are critical thinkers and who possess the necessary skills to be effective communicators.
• Provide a variety of learning communities best suited to each student’s need.
• Provide the academic, emotional, social, and multicultural environment needed to give students a positive sense of themselves.
• Prepare students to lead productive adult lives.
• Involve all stakeholders in the decision making process.
 
 
Belief Statements
At Sylmar High School we believe that:
• All students have a right to receive a quality educational program.
• A quality education can only occur when there is support, commitment, and cooperative interaction among all stakeholders
• School must be a safe and pleasant place where values of trust, fairness, and mutual respect are part of the internal fabric.
 
 
Sylmar’s Guiding Questions
• What is it we want all students to learn?
• How will we know when each student has mastered the essential learning?
• How will we respond when a student experiences initial difficulty in learning?
• How will we deepen the learning for students who have already mastered essential knowledge and skills?
 
 
Student Learning Outcomes
1. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS WHO:
• Express complex ideas in writing and speaking gained through reading, and listening
• Utilize computer-based resources for research and production
 
2. CRITICAL THINKERS WHO:
• Develop plans to achieve self-initiated personal, academic, and career goals
• Identify and utilize resources independently
• Locate, analyze, and integrate information
• Apply complex problem-solving solutions to realistic and academic challenges
 
3. CONSTRUCTIVE SOCIAL PARTICIPANTS WHO:
• Exhibit self-discipline and accept individual and group responsibility
• Demonstrate sensitivity in interpersonal, social, and multicultural relationships
• Contribute time, energy, and talent to improving the community
 
4. MULTIFACETED INDIVIDUALS WHO:
• Enjoy, observe, evaluate, and comment on the arts
• Recognize the elements of good health
• Make informed life decisions firmly based on ethical standards