The Board of Education of the Downey Unified School District believes that:
1Education is a lifelong process of learning and living and our schools are dedicated to the challenge of providing the opportunity for individuals both youth and adult to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to work and live successfully and to assume the responsibilities inherent in a democratic society.
2Students must be prepared to encounter the daily challenges of the present diverse, multicultural environment and to resolve the constantly changing problems of their future. Not only is education charged with preparing the student to meet life as he/she finds it, but it must inspire him/her positively and morally to affect and improve the world itself.
The Board of Education believes this can best be accomplished by establishing educational programs within which emphasis will be placed upon the following:
1Provide opportunities for all students to become competent with basic subject matter areas by:
a. Gaining the necessary information and tools by which they can learn and develop the skills of communication–listening, speaking, reading, writing, and spelling.
b. Learning to handle abstract and concrete concepts in mathematics and science, with a realization of how this knowledge may be applied to daily living, and how to apply these tools to drawing conclusions.
c. Involvement in the experiences needed to develop skill in the fine and practical arts with emphasis on potential creativeness, inventiveness, and originality.
d. Having meaningful experiences that will develop a basic understanding of our nation’s and the world’s economic structure.
e. Developing skills in the use of tools and machines and an understanding of the role of machines and technology in mankind’s present and future.
2Individuals should be taught by precept and example to respect authority and to understand that they, too, may someday be in positions of authority, and that respect must be earned and given by:
a. Teaching individuals to be tolerant of their fellowman and to respect the rights, dignity, and worth of the individual and his/her property.
b. Developing within each person the insights to interpersonal relationships which are needed to live harmoniously with others with respect for their rights.
c. Encouraging in each student a high standard of honesty and morality.
d. Developing in each student an intellectual curiosity and the ability to experience the joy of discovery.
3Enable all students to develop themselves to the ultimate of their potential in a district which will be a model for a just and equitable society.
4Develop an understanding and appreciation of the culture, responsibilities, and heritage of our democratic society which will be reflected by
a. A deep sense of pride in our American heritage.
b. A devotion to the country in which we live.
c. A sound belief in the advantages and opportunities of a democracy.
d. A belief in the destiny of our country as an example of a world leader in a free society.
In this dynamic world these goals of the Downey Unified School District will be reevaluated continually for their worth. Only to the extent that each person achieves these present goals and develops the ability to adjust to the goals and circumstances of tomorrow’s world will the home and the agencies of society, including the schools, have achieved their purpose.
Further, the Board conceives of the District as being a cooperative enterprise in which home, church, school, and other community forces all share in the educational development of individuals. In these, our community schools, the Board of Education urges all parents and citizens to become its partners.
The Board of Education accepts the responsibility delegated by the community at large to commit the human and material resources necessary to implement an educational program designed to achieve the curricular, instructional, and managerial expectancies as stated within a framework defined by the adopted Philosophy of Education.
By June 2019, Downey Unified School District will . . .
- Continue to provide Districtwide parent partnership and engagement opportunities through parent academies, workshops and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process. Build parent capacity through parent advisory committee leaders. Expand parent outreach communication by fully implementing the DUSD app to all parents.
- Re-energize and systematically celebrate the District’s participation of CHARACTER COUNTS! at all levels, as well as meet the needs of the Whole Child through the identified academic, social-emotional, character and behavioral domains.
- Obtain DSA approval and be prepared for construction on the modernizations of Sussman, Griffiths, and Doty middle schools. Aggressively pursue completion of Stauffer Middle School and get State approval on Lewis, Williams, Rio San Gabriel, Unsworth, and Price modernizations.
- Maintain the strong fiscal position that our District has achieved through the deliberate management and strategic oversight of state funding realities. Continue to use and refine Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) resources to implement the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to enable students to reach their full potential.
- Downey Unified will demonstrate a 10% increase in the percent of students prepared/approaching prepared in the area reflected by the California School Dashboard by showing measurable growth rates and trends in areas such as University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) eligibility, a-g and Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway completion, and Advanced Placement (AP) Exams and Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBA).
- Implement Systematic Process of Interventions (SPI) that will provide necessary strategies and resources to support the academic and social/emotional needs of all students.
- Explore the expansion of shifting schedules to allow a flexible middle school schedule that will support student and parent choice, including areas such as later start times and options such as zero and seventh period.
- Continue the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) plan that incorporates professional development and implementation: Elementary- Finish PLTW Launch Training and pilot NGSS resources; Middle School- Lesson Design and Lesson Study; High School- Course Design and Curriculum.
- In an effort to attract and retain achieving students, Downey Unified will amplify marketing resources, provide tours of campuses and strengthen public communications of Downey Unified achievements in order to increase student enrollment to 23,000 by 2020-21.