IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives

File:   IA






A. Generally


            The Buena Vista City school division is committed to excellence in education, equality of educational opportunity, and the recognition of each student's individuality. Inasmuch as students differ in their rate of physical, mental, emotional and social growth and vary in their needs and abilities, learning opportunities shall be provided that are consistent with personal development and potential. Programs shall emphasize diagnostic and prescriptive instruction, allowing an individual approach to each student's learning style and educational needs.


            The educational program shall introduce each student to a variety of interests and areas that offer exposure to the range of opportunities available in later years. These experiences produce the basis for further education and future employment. As students demonstrate increased maturity, they may assume more responsibility for the decisions regarding their education.


            The school environment should be responsive and conducive to learning. The physical environment facilitates and enhances the learning experiences available to each student.  A responsive environment includes competent, dedicated teachers using a variety of techniques and a classroom atmosphere where students can function and develop according to their abilities. Safety, physical comfort, and appearance also are vital environmental components.


B. Standards of Quality and Objectives


            The School Board accepts the overall goals of public education as expressed by the Standards of Quality legislated by the Virginia General Assembly and implemented by State Board of Education regulations.  Education seeks to aid each student, consistent with his/her abilities, to:


                          1.       Develop competence in the basic learning skills:


2.       Develop the intellectual skills of rational thought and creativity;


3.       Acquire knowledge and process skills of science and technology;


                          4.       Progress on the basis of achievement;


                          5.       Qualify for further education and/or employment;


6.       Develop personal standards of ethical behavior and moral choice;

7.         Participate in society as a responsible family member and citizen;


                          8.       Develop a positive and realistic concept of self and others;


9.       Practice sound habits of personal health and physical fitness;


10.       Enhance the quality of the environment;


                        11.       Develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes regarding the arts;


12.       Acquire a basic understanding and appreciation of democracy and the free enterprise system;


13.       Raise student and school achievement in the core Standards of Learning.


14.       Develop proficiency in the use of computers and related technology.



 C. Standards of Quality ‑ Programs and Services


            The School Board commits itself to providing programs and services as stated in the Standards of Quality to an extent proportionate to the availability of state and local funding.


Adopted:        11/24/03





Legal Ref.:            Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, sections 22.1-78, 22.1‑253.13:1 et seq.


                                 8 VAC 20-131-10 et seq.



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