Mission & Core Values

Our Mission

To develop each child’s potential for academic success, engagement and overall well-being. Through this process, we will enrich each child’s education with community involvement, collaboration and outreach.

Our Core Values

At the core of our school is a commitment to academic excellence.

Starting with early childhood education and continuing through high school, Strafford seeks to provide academic excellence and opportunity of all its children.

Each child should receive individualized attention.

It is essential to understand each student, to know the “whole” child, and to provide for his/her academic, physical, and emotional well-being.

The Newton School plays a vital role in the life of our town.

The Newton School is integrally linked to the Strafford community. It draws people together for a common purpose and its success is a source of community pride.

The success of the Newton School depends upon the support and participation of the Strafford community.

The Newton School is an energetic center of learning. Its vitality grows out of the resources and commitment of the Strafford community.

Our school works best when it works in a cost effective manner.

In order to retain academic programs and the support of the town, the Newton School must strive to be as cost effective as possible.

Our Definition of Learning

Staff at the Newton School will:

Develop each child’s potential for academic success in core and encore classes by supporting each student’s individual needs through people and programs.

Develop each child’s potential for engagement, by having students learn through a variety of methods. Education at Newton School will consist of a mix of individual, social, local, and global learning. Students will be encouraged to take risks, be creative, explore their strengths, and grow from their successes and failures.

Reach each child’s potential for well-being by making sure that students’ emotional, social, physical, and academic needs are met by providing a safe, supportive, and caring environment. Collaboration, communication, and differentiation is valued, taught, and experienced by the Newton School Community.

Enrich each child’s education through community involvement and outreach. We will expose students to a wide range of activities both within and outside the school and with a variety of people. These experiences should be organized to benefit all parties involved and promote positive change.