The Beliefs of the Integrated Arts Academy
CREATING A SAFE SPACE
We believe that we all do our best when we feel physically, emotionally, intellectually, and artistically safe, and that creating and maintaining this safe space is a shared responsibility.
COMMITTING TO SUCCESS FOR ALL
We believe that all students can learn at high levels, and that our success should be judged by the success of our students, particularly those with the highest needs and unique challenges.
We believe that the diversity of our community is our most valuable asset, and we strive to learn from our diverse histories, ancestral backgrounds, and individuality.
FLOURISHING THROUGH THE ARTS
We believe that the Arts allow us to develop our capacity for creative expression, for engagement in powerful learning, for understanding the world, and for finding and using our voices well.
WELCOMING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES
We believe that inviting many different perspectives into constructive dialogue and creative expression enriches our school and supports individual & collective growth.
We believe that creating a school culture where each child, family member, and staff person is a valued and welcomed contributor to our community allows us to practice hospitality, inclusion, and invitation.
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS & CONTRIBUTIONS
We believe that pausing to recognize and celebrate our gifts and contributions to the school reminds us of our connections to each other.
We believe that communicating openly, honestly, and transparently builds trust, fosters relationships, and sets a positive example for everyone.
We believe that active participation, cooperation, and collaboration create shared ownership and a sense of belonging that are vital to the success of our school.
We believe that honoring student differences and interests and providing hands-on experiences can make learning fun and pleasurable. We commit to identifying and confronting all obstacles to learning.