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Guiding Principles


Our six Guiding Principles are a beacon to be followed as we strive to continually improve. They lead us in making decisions throughout our program, from curriculum choices to disciplinary approaches.

Clear Educational Objectives

  • All learning activities support the educational objectives of the State Core, The International Baccalaureate Program, and school specified objectives/goals.

Intellectual Agility

  • Students gain a strong foundation of academic skills from which to draw upon.
  • Students understand and apply a range of learning and thinking skills.
  • Students examine and learn from multiple perspectives.
  • Students learn and use different approaches to solving problems.
  • Students are able to learn both independently and collaboratively.
  • Students have the confidence to take risks.
  • Students are active inquirers and have a passion for discovery.

Differentiated Instruction

It is essential for teachers to:

  • Differentiate instruction according to student ability levels.
  • Present material in different ways to expose students to multiple learning styles.
  • Teach students to understand and work effectively with others who learn differently than they do.

Student Community Involvement

  • Students gain a sense of their personal value system by contributing to local, national, and global communities.
  • Students gain international mindedness by organizing and participating in activities or causes that promote the common good.
  • Students use their IB learner profile attributes to contribute in positive and meaningful ways.
  • Students recognize their ability to achieve excellence and improve the world. 

Stakeholder Community Involvement

  • An involved community promotes optimal student learning.
  • Channing Hall’s community includes students, parents/guardians, teachers, administration, the board of directors, staff and volunteers.
  • The Channing Hall community acts ethically, treats each other with respect and assumes responsibility for their actions.
  • Parental/Guardian involvement is expected, as it is a leading indicator for student achievement.
  • The Community works together to help each student achieve the defined educational objectives (see Principle I).

Student Engagement

  • Students give their best effort, set and achieve personal goals and track their own progress.
  • Parents/Guardians support their student’s efforts while fostering individual responsibility.
  • Teachers provide students with opportunities to reflect on and apply what they learn. 

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