Mission & Vision

Mission

We transform communities’ one mind at a time with real world engagement and continue to inspire generations through a STEM-focused education that successfully prepares students for tomorrow.

Imsa Vision of Excellent Instruction

Students do the thinking

We interact with rich content. We work first. We make meaning with one another then we discuss together. To do this, we …

                      Actively listen
                      Turn and Share
                      Track
                      Acknowledge (i.e. Snap)
                      Build upon each other’s ideas

We go conceptual

We master basic skills. We make connections. We continuously ask “why”. To do this, we …

                      Sustained practice basic facts, fluency
                      Verbalize the conceptual understanding
                      Stretch each other’s ideas
                      Use academic vocabulary
                      Look for alternative solutions, counter arguments
                      Teachers facilitate

We embrace the challenge

We find joy in the struggle. We thrive on the challenge. We cheer for each other. To do this, we …

                      Ask for a challenge when things are easy
                      Understand if we struggle, we are learning
                      We don’t opt out
                      When we fail, we try a different approach and that is okay

We hold ourselves accountable

We know the goals. We monitor the progress. We share data. We show personal responsibility, not blame. To do this, we …

                      Teachers communicate short and long term goals for the class
                      Teachers aggressively monitor in the classroom
                      Teachers highlight the most crucial part of the assignment
                      This is the goal
                      This is the gap
                      Students hold themselves accountable for the work, not others
                      Staff holds themselves accountable for the work, not others
                      We celebrate success

Imsa Vision of Culture and Learning

We believe all students deserve:

A quality instruction that will stretch our students’ potential beyond the student’s’ imagination.

A caring environment, from the support staff to the administration and to the classroom teacher. 

Opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

A safe environment where they are not bullied and enjoy coming to school every day.

A rigorous curriculum with different electives and pathways

All Staff:

1. All adults (parents, teachers, and administrators) work collaboratively to create a joyful, supportive learning environment that believes in the potential of each student.

2. Teachers work cooperatively to improve the rigor of their instruction and to encourage students to reach their highest potential.

3. All adults (parents, teachers, and administrators) work to create an anti-bully atmosphere that gives students a judgment-free environment to resolve conflicts.

4. Administrators provide support for the teachers that build capacity and allow them to continue to grow both as an educator and individual.

IMSA Pledge

As a valuable member of the IMSA-North community, today I commit myself to growth, achievement, and success. I pledge to use the tools I have been given, to realize my talents, fulfill my dreams, and attain my goals. I am on a quest to be my best.

All Students:

I am here to learn with joy
I am in charge of my learning and
success
I will lead by example

I will be respectful to all people
I will cause no harm to others with my
words and behaviors.
I will hold myself accountable for my choises.

I will advocate for myself
I will be kind to myself and others
I will learn from my mistakes

I will ask for and offer help
I know where I am headed
I will put first things first

 

 

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