The comprehensive planning process is the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s process for data-driven and research-based district and school planning. It ensures districts are working toward common goals. This Comprehensive Planning process replaces the traditional Strategic Planning used by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Southern Columbia Area’s Comprehensive Plan, along with the District’s Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Shared Values, was submitted to PDE on November 30, 2014.
The District’s Special Education Plan for the July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021 cycle received PDE approval on June 18, 2018. The District Level Plan for the July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 cycle received PDE approval on December 7, 2018.
The Southern Columbia Area School District will provide a safe, dynamic, rigorous and relevant learning environment that meets the needs of today’s learner. We embrace innovation as a means to develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century. Every student will reach their individual potential for academic excellence and every student will demonstrate the character traits of a productive and honorable citizen in a global community.
The Southern Columbia Area School District will be an exemplary 21st Century learning community where students reach their individual potential and graduate prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected, changing world.
The Southern Columbia Area School District believes:
Students are our purpose.
All students are entitled to a rigorous and relevant education.
Each student has the ability to learn and be successful.
Teaching methods must be responsive to individual students’ needs.
Innovation in our schools must be embraced and encouraged to ensure we are providing a learning environment that meets the needs of today’s learner.
An effective education is enriched by the arts, service, work-based learning, hybrid and other flexible learning opportunities, athletics and extra-curricular activities.
Student achievement is positively impacted by the active involvement of caring adults in a supportive environment.
Every person has intrinsic value and unique gifts and talents.
Students and staff must adhere to high ethical standards and practice effective citizenship.
Students and staff are entitled to a healthy, safe, clean and well-maintained, learning environment.
Employees must be provided encouragement, time, resources and professional development in best practices, to meet high expectations for continuous improvement.