Policies and Regulations NEPN Code: AD

Foundations and Basic Commitments
Educational Philosophy/School District Vision, Mission and Views

It is the vision of the Sioux Falls School District to provide opportunities and challenges for each student to succeed as a lifelong learner in a changing world. The District values a highly trained and committed workforce, continually evaluating and improving their own and student performance. The District recognizes its role as a key contributor to the social, civic and economic foundation of this community. To achieve this vision, we must ignite the hearts and minds of our students, staff, families, the business community and citizens.

In keeping with the School District vision, the School Board has adopted the following mission: To educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world.

Furthermore, we believe that:

  • All children are capable of successful learning experiences when instruction is designed to address their full range of abilities.
  • Schools should develop within students a desire and respect for learning as a lifelong process.
  • Instructional programs, activities, and methods of teaching in the schools must be diverse to meet individual needs, interests, abilities, and learning styles of students to prepare students for meaningful and productive living in the community.
  • Educational opportunities and experiences should be provided for students to develop responsible citizenship undertaking roles of leadership and group participation.
  • Instructional programs will provide multiple pathways, including a continuum of placement options for students with disabilities, that emphasize the development of 21st Century Skills that include analytical thinking, communicating, problem solving, creating and innovating, retrieving and evaluating information, and collaborating.
  • A reciprocal learning relationship exists between disabled students and their peers. The education of children with disabilities should be an integral part of the educational programming for all children in public education. Related services and technological adaptations will be provided to enable students to benefit from these programs.
  • Opportunities and experiences should be provided that encourage appreciation, the development of skills, and the exploration of talent in music, art, drama, and physical and practical arts. Access to the full curricular and co-curricular activities of the regular school setting must be assured with services available to assist students with disabilities in acquiring these skills or overcoming barriers.
  • A learning environment should be provided for students to acquire knowledge and skills to enhance their own physical and mental health, enabling them to accept in themselves and others the importance of feelings, dignity, and self-worth.
  • Students should be challenged through successful learning experiences at their ability level which will guide them in personal, social, ethical, moral, and psychological development.

Religious Views

The District and its employees shall not promote any religious belief or non-belief, and none shall be disparaged. Instead, the School District shall encourage all students and staff members to appreciate and be tolerant of each other's religious views. The District shall utilize educational opportunities to foster understanding and mutual respect among students and parents, whether it involves race, culture, economic background, or religious beliefs. In that spirit of tolerance, students and staff members shall be excused from participating in practices that are contrary to their religious beliefs unless there are clear issues of overriding concern that would prevent it.

The District recognizes that one of its educational goals is to advance students' knowledge and appreciation of the role that religious heritages have played in the social, cultural, and historical development of civilization. Staff members shall present information as outlined in Policies IHAL – Religion in the Schools and at School Activities, IMB – Teaching about Controversial/Sensitive Issues, and IMD – School Observances and Ceremonies.


Related Policies/Regulations:

IHAL - Religion in the Schools and at School Activities
IMB - Teaching about Controversial/Sensitive Issues
IMD - School Observances and Ceremonies
JJAB/JJAB-R - Limited Open Forum in Middle and High Schools (Grades 6-12)
KF/KF-R – Community/Staff Use of District Facilities/Properties/Equipment
KI - Visitors to Schools


Policy   Board Action
Adopted: 06-14-76 16708
Amended: 11-08-04 33954
Amended: 09-28-09 35501
Amended: 09-26-11 36174
Reviewed: 04-14-16 37440