Date Adopted: April 27, 1981.
Date Revised: December 17, 1990
1. The School District of Philadelphia is an organization dedicated
to achieving excellence in education. Its mission is founded on the belief
that all children can learn. Its major objective is to motivate all students
to be fully aware of their individual capabilities and potential and to
stimulate their effort toward lifelong learning as competent and productive
2. Inherent in the mission is the development of high levels of competence
in basic skills; the appreciation of human values, attitudes and cultures;
the fostering of independent thinking; the cultivation of understanding
and appreciation of individual differences, and improving the ability to
adapt to the technological changes of society.
3. The essential components of this educational process are intellectual,
social, and ethical development. Of primary concern are the elements of
thought: perception, analysis, diagnosis, comprehension, judgment, and
synthesis. These elements constitute the basic dimensions of "learning
4. There shall be a printed statement of educational goals that describes
current expectations of student achievement upon completion of a program
of studies in the Philadelphia Public Schools. These statements shall include:
- The development of competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening,
mathematics, science, reasoning, life skills, computer literacy, social
studies, foreign languages, the arts, and physical and health
- The development of human values emphasizing interdependence among
people as well as understanding and appreciation of other social,
cultural, racial, ethnic and religious groups .
- The development of understanding of and participation in our
democratic form of government.
- The development of career preparation, knowledge , skills, and
- This statement shall be available in every classroom and office as well
as available to the public and shall serve as an official guide to the
staff for program development and implementation.
5. The achievement of the above goals requires that the School District:
- Provide a variety of educational programs to meet the specific needs of
individual students, including Special Education, Early Childhood,
Bi-lingual and Alternative Programs
- Provide multi-racial and multi-cultural opportunities for all
- Implement a comprehensive program in career education
- Improve staff performance at managerial, instructional, and supportive
- Encourage improvement in student and staff attendance and
- Provide a safe, clean, supportive physical, social, and emotional
environment for learning
- Develop and promote greater economy, efficiency, and effectiveness
throughout the School system
- Provide for the meaningful involvement of parents and the total
community in the educational process
- Implicit in this statement is the requirement that each staff member
accept responsibility for the accomplishment of these goals.
Philadelphia Home Rule Charter:
"A Statement of Philosophy, Mission and Goals,"
Sept. 1983, 220 Chapter 5.