mission of the Watervliet City School District is to “Inspire,
Educate and Challenge Every Student, Every Day.”
So, what does this statement
mean for our broadly diverse community of young learners?
Our academic philosophy:
Educators face many challenges every day.
Here at WCSD we are working very hard to close the
achievement gap, increase graduation rates and help create a
world-class workforce for New York — and we’re making steady
progress towards these goals. Our
challenge is not to jump over a bar set at a specific height,
because the bar should always keep rising. We must set both short-
and long-term goals for improvement and put systems in place that
provide for constant upward movement. As
educators we will have done our job if students leave WCSD prepared
to excel in the complex world of the twenty first century through
their ability to think, problem solve, and work collaboratively and
Success of all students:
Watervliet City Schools
is focused on building every students' confidence in themselves as
learners, instilling in them both a love of and a desire to learn
and developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to
communicate effectively and understand the world around them.
We want our students to be the best that they can be. We
challenge students to show up for school every day, ready to learn
and excited about the knowledge they are about to acquire. And we
want them to expect the same of us — their teachers, their
principals and even the superintendent.
All staff members of Watervliet City Schools are focused on student
success. Students have many avenues and opportunities to learn,
achieve and celebrate academic, personal and employment success. All
students will leave our schools prepared for college, career and
At Watervliet City Schools,
expectations for students, parents and staff are clearly defined,
understood and communicated. Students, parents and staff are
empowered, supported and trained to meet high expectations.
However, expectations alone will not get the job done.
Support, understanding, patience and hard work are needed to help us
as we rise to meet these high expectations.
Watervliet City Schools is proud to be an integral part of the
greater community. We know our residents depend on our ability to
prepare their children to be the future of their city, the state and
our nation. They depend on us to deliver rigorous, relevant
education with curriculum that is aligned with learning standards to
prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century.
At Watervliet City Schools, staff,
parents and students work together to evaluate progress using
multiple, reliable measures and make adjustments when needed to
improve student achievement. Good is
always the enemy of great. We can never be content to be just "good"
enough; we must always strive to be our best. We must encourage our
students and ourselves to continuously improve everything we do. We
must aim higher, dream bigger and shoot for the stars.
Respect and integrity: Communication
and interaction amongst Watervliet school and community members is
defined by mutual respect and support. A
community of learners must be a community of respect. Positive
results can’t occur in an atmosphere that lacks respect. As a school
district we must be respectful of our students, our community and