Statement Of Philosophy Approved

Posted: January 30, 1992

The Upper Merion Area school board hopes that visitors will characterize its high school students as active learners with intellectual curiosity who are being rigorously challenged in their classes.

These were some of the descriptions included in Upper Merion Area High School's recently written philosophy statement that the school board unanimously approved Monday night.

The statement and a list of goals for the high school are needed for next year's evaluation by the Middle States Association, a regional group that accredits schools in the mid-Atlantic states.

Middle States, which last evaluated Upper Merion in 1983, will be visiting the high school for 3 1/2 days in February 1993.

The statement begins by saying that Upper Merion encourages its high school students to become both active learners and responsible adults.

The students are taught to analyze and interpret material regardless of how technology evolves or society changes, it says.

The statement concludes by stressing the importance of the students'

families and the district community.

"It is the responsibility of the home and the community to take an active role in the education of our students so that our joint effort will ensure the development of thoughtful and responsible citizens," it states.

Middle States will evaluate how closely Upper Merion lives up to its stated values, goals and objectives, said Superintendent Charles A. Scott.

"It is an important statement about what we as faculty believe is our basic credo," he said.

A committee of teachers and administrators developed the philosophy statement and the four goals of the high school, which were later unanimously approved by the full faculty and administration, Scott said.

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