The School Mission Statement – My 70th Book Summary

Common Themes and School Types

  • The two most common themes for all schools focused on emotional (66%) and cognitive (62%) development. Elementary schools were more likely to mention safety (50%) while high schools were more likely to mention civic responsibility (50%) and the local community (50%). Vocational school mention their vocational purpose (88%) directly and all charter schools and Waldorf schools mention cognitive development. Parochial schools usually mention spiritual development (78%), while other schools seldom do.
  • An effective mission statement must first meet the needs of its own community. One that is right for an inner city parochial school will probably not serve a rural vocational school. It is appropriate that school diversity is represented in the diversity of quality mission statements.
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