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Core Values and Beliefs

Mission Vision and Beliefs



The Rippowam Middle School Community is committed to promoting academic excellence within a safe, nurturing environment that is responsive to the social, emotional and intellectual needs of the adolescent child.


It is our goal to develop life-long learners who are knowledgeable and responsible citizens who think critically about the world.



We (The Administrators) believe that…

  • Hiring and retaining the highest quality teachers is paramount to the success of our school.
  • Psychological safety (the ability to share thoughts open and honestly without fear or judgment) is key to effective teams
  • Prioritizing and nurturing collaborative environments around curriculum, instruction and assessment have the greatest impact on building wide instruction.
  • Modeling prototyping and risk-taking (creating a culture of “yes”) are necessary for our teachers and students to be innovative.
  • Providing leadership opportunities for teachers and students builds internal capacity and grows future leaders.
  • Soliciting critical feedback from all constituencies, especially those that disagree, is necessary for school improvement.
  • Creating a culturally responsive environment is the gateway to student achievement. 


We (The Teachers) believe that…

  • All students are capable of excellence
  • Caring and trusting relationships between the teacher and student are required for two-way learning to take place.
  • Incorporating our students talents, aspirations and interests into our instruction activates and engages our students desire to learn.  
  • Collaborative work around learning and internal accountability (sharing best practice, creative interdisciplinary curriculum development, creative common assessment formation) is how we improve our pedagogy.
  • Our classrooms must be flexible, and provide options to support how our students learn best.
  • Cross disciplinary curriculum that connects to the local or global community stimulates higher order thinking.
  • Feedback that is actionable, specific and aligned to success criteria (standards) sparks reflection and builds students’ confidence towards tasks completion.
  • Creating transparent partnerships with families supports our students.
  • All students are life-long learners; therefore, as exemplars we must be open to life-long learning as well.