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The mission of Saratoga High School is to optimize the learning of each student. As a community of learners committed to excellence, we promote lifelong learning, personal integrity, social responsibility, and good physical and mental health.

Saratoga High School will prepare its graduates to be:

1. Responsible, Self-Directed Adults who:

1.1. Make realistic choices/informed decisions based on factual knowledge an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, and accept responsibility for those choices

1.2. Are committed to life-long learning

1.3. Exhibit study habits and work habits, including regular, punctual attendance and effective time management

1.4. Explore a wide range of possible careers and are able to investigate the relationships between their education and their personal goals

1.5. Participate in a wide-range of intellectual, artistic, practical, and physical activities/endeavors

2. Ethical/Effective Citizens who:

2.1 Respect cultural, physical, economic, intellectual, age, gender, religious and sexual diversity

2.2 Adopt and value ethical principles and attitudes (i.e. honesty, integrity, responsibility, compassion) and apply them to their daily lives

2.3 Recognize and value their responsibility to society and make positive contributions to their community (i.e. register to vote, care for the environment, drive responsibly, volunteer)

3. Healthy Individuals who:

3.1 Maintain a positive self-concept, recognizing the uniqueness and worth of themselves and others

3.2 Resolve conflict through non-violent action

3.3 Recognize the consequences of sexual behavior and make responsible choices

3.4 Recognize the consequences of the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and make responsible choices

3.5 Recognize the need for and seek appropriate help as needed for mental health issues

3.6 Plan and maintain a balanced approach to life and a commitment to proper nutrition, hygiene, and physical fitness

4. Complex/Critical Thinkers who:

4.1 Have mastered fundamentals of language, history, math, science, foreign language, and the arts, and use them effectively to enrich their daily life

4.2 Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and organize resources and information

4.3 Effectively evaluate and analyze data from multiple sources to develop solutions to problems

4.4 Use logical decision-making processes

4.5 Demonstrate the ability to apply decisions or solutions to future situations by making predictions, connections, and/or recommendations

5. Effective Communicators who:

5.1 Read, write, speak, and listen analytically, thoughtfully, and reflectively

5.2 Use technology thoughtfully, critically, and appropriately as a tool in communication (i.e. correspondence, display of information, expression of ideas, creative self-expression)

5.3 Explore, develop, and demonstrate creative expression in a variety of forms


6. Collaborative Workers who:

6.1 Perform in a variety of roles as a member of a team: setting goals, facilitating group process and producing a high-quality product

6.2 Demonstrate sensitivity to different cultural mores and work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings

6.3 Provide and accept constructive criticism