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Our Mission Statement

The Collingswood Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee spent a significant amount of time discussing priorities. Working from the statement "When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority," the team focused on ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT and EFFICIENCY as its top two priorities. Those two priorities were part of each discussion that ensued.

As a result of our commitment to our priorities, we believe we developed mission and vision statements that are both simple and powerful:

Vision: To develop lifelong learners by providing an inspiring and challenging education for every student.
Mission: By embracing the strengths inherent in a diverse student body, the mission of the Collingswood/Oaklyn Public Schools is to inspire confidence, critical thinking, creativity, and perseverance in every student.

In addition to the more formal Vision and Mission Statements, the Strategic Planning Committee noted its core purpose and rallied around the importance of having our students develop and embrace a growth mindset.

Core Purpose: Every. Student. Grows.

By embracing a growth mindset, students learn that there is a difference between not mastering a skill and not mastering a skill yet. By embracing the "yet" philosophy, students are taught that hard work and perseverance, rather than static intelligence, are to be celebrated and admired.