We believe that the Tangipahoa Parish School System exists to serve all the people as best it can. In order to do this, the school system believes that individuals should be accepted at their level of development and guided in such a way that they learn what is expected of them. We expect students to mature to their individual capacity emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, and vocationally.
We believe that children are endowed with individual capacities and characteristics, and that our schools, to the best of their abilities, should provide students with the kind of education best fitted for them as individuals. We know that the needs of children are similar, but not identical, and we try to adapt our program to this knowledge.
As children become older and more mature, we try to provide them with the opportunities to make choices, as we believe that the making of wise choices is a necessary part of living in a democracy.
We believe, therefore, that those involved in education must make every effort to meet the needs of all students in granting them the fullest possible educational opportunities.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES Since joint staff-student responsibility exists for the accomplishment of the educational objectives, it is important that there be both staff and student involvement in order to obtain unity of effort in achieving the objectives.
The Tangipahoa Parish School System believes that the following objectives will support its philosophy and educational goals.
• Quality instruction will be provided for each student.
• A structured curriculum for all students will be a responsibility of the school system.
• All students will attain acceptable standards designed for academic growth.
• Adequate personnel, facilities, equipment, materials, and auxiliary services will be furnished by the school system.
• The public will be informed concerning the direction and needs of the school system.
• Adequate in-service of school personnel will be provided within the school system.
• Cooperation from the student, the home, the school system, and the community will provide the maximum in education for all concerned.
• Proper rapport with State Department of Education will be maintained to ensure high quality governmental support of the parish school system.
• We accept the responsibility for the education of all students and will stand accountable for the education.
• All parties involved in the educational process of the Tangipahoa Parish School System will be afforded all constitutional rights and exhibit corresponding responsibilities.
• Educational objectives will serve as the criteria by which instructional materials are selected and prepared, content outlined, and instructional procedures and educational technology developed.
EDUCATIONAL GOALS The focus of the Tangipahoa Parish Public Schools is on the learner, the student. The student’s educational development toward the school’s goals is the central concern of the Board’s policies and the administrative regulations. The teacher is a key figure in carrying out the school’s responsibility in the educational process. However, the teacher alone cannot effectively achieve all the objectives of education. The purpose of the various administrative departments is to provide conditions in the schools which permit teachers to work with maximum effectiveness and to provide them with a variety of tools and specialized assistance in developing and carrying out a program which will meet the needs of our students. The Board will seek to provide the facilities, personnel, equipment, and materials necessary for the education of all students for whom it is responsible.
The goals of education shall be as follows:
• To help students acquire basic skills in obtaining information, solving problems, thinking critically, and communicating effectively.
• To help students acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding that permit participation in a satisfying and responsible role on the job and as a consumer in contemporary society.
• To help students learn to enjoy the process of education, to acquire the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adaptation to change, and to use leisure time wisely.
• To help students acquire basic information, covering the principles of physical, biological, and social sciences, the historical record of human achievements and failures, and current social issues, including knowledge of the environment.
• To help students become an effective and responsible contributor to the decision-making processes of the political and other institutions of the community, state, nation, and world.
• To help students acquire the capacities for assuming satisfying and responsible roles in family life and society.
• To help students acquire the knowledge, habits, and attitudes that promotes personal and public health in physical, mental, and emotional maturity.
• To help students acquire the ability and the desire to express themselves creatively.
• To help students develop an understanding of their own worth, abilities, limitations, and potential.