Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Driving Principles
These are the principles of our school culture and the beliefs by which all members of our school community are expected to act.
● We believe that students belong to multiple communities—educational, familial, cultural, national, and global—each with its own benefits and responsibilities.
● We believe that a learning community in which all students and staff thrive requires genuine respect among all members.
● We believe that justice is a key component of a healthy community, and practicing justice in our school prepares us to pursue it elsewhere.
● We believe that Thurgood Marshall Academy should be an active, just, and respectful member of the Ward 8 community.
● We believe that a rich education promotes the respect of multiple perspectives and experiences.
● We believe that in order to meet the needs of each community member and create opportunities for success, we must respect that individuals learn and demonstrate learning in different ways.
● We believe that our school reflects democratic principles of fairness, due process, equality, and justice.
● We believe that when we are decision-makers in our educational and social experiences we become agents of change in our own communities.
● We believe that preparation for post-secondary education demands that we integrate elements of a liberal education—science, the creative arts, mathematics, technology, and the humanities—in order to possess the skills to understand and influence our world.
● We believe that with the privilege of being a citizen of this community comes the charge of service and responsibility.
● We believe that excellence requires passion, focus, and commitment.
● We believe that when we are confronted with high expectations, challenged with meaningful work, and provided with appropriate tools, the best is brought out of each of us.
● We believe that true learning occurs when we question, investigate, and evaluate ideas.
● We believe that genuine growth requires constant reflection.