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What is the Portrait of a Graduate?

Almost every school in America is responding to calls to reinvent education to better prepare students for an interconnected global society and rapidly changing, uncertain economy. Often these conversations include emphasizing math and science curriculum, providing more technology to students, and arbitrarily increasing rigor in schools.
 
At Evansville Day School, we think there is a better way. 
  • Rather than focusing on "what" to do to improve schooling (ranking, standardized tests, Common Core), educators should focus on the "why" students are in school to begin with.
  • Even though content is important, rather than emphasizing “learning”, schools should concentrate on what students are “becoming”. The dynamic global economy needs passionate, creative problem-solvers to address the challenges of the future.
If the goal of education is “becoming,” what qualities do we value in an Evansville Day School graduate? 
 
At Evansville Day School, we recognize that in order for our students to be successful in the new global economy, we need to help them be so much more than a test score. We also recognize that no two students are the same, nor should they be. Here, we strive to help our students come to their own “a-ha” moments in ways that support each one as a whole person while also fostering the skills and qualities that are important to their futures.  Our teachers are free to align their methods and curriculum with our school’s mission, vision and the four core Portrait of a Day School Graduate attributes which identifies the qualities and skills our graduates should possess. The Portrait of a Graduate allows us to map for 21st Century skills and to design a Day School experience that creates resilient, balanced, globally-minded, entrepreneurial learners poised to be the future local and global leaders.