Philosophy of Education Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade
The Kodiak Island Borough School District has a compelling obligation to be responsive to the needs of our community and society.
The members of the Kodiak Island Borough School District governing Board establish policy, hire personnel, develop annual budgets, and plan facilities needed to implement a successful public school program.
The Kodiak Island Borough School District respects the educational right of each student and is charged with providing the best possible cost-effective program for all students. Our emphasis is placed on excellence that seeks to instill a desire to keep learning, to be self-motivated and self-disciplined and to believe in one's self-worth.
1. The first and foremost consideration of the educational process is the student.
2. The educational environment must be caring, healthy, safe, non-disruptive, and non-biased.
3. The school is an integral part of the community and the community is an integral part of the school.
4. All students are capable of learning and must have the opportunity to learn,
5. Families are their children's primary teachers and must be actively involved in education.
6. The educational process must value and respect human diversity and the multicultural communities it serves.
7. Our communities must be active in educational funding and spending.
8. Excellence in schools must be developed through high standards and high expectations.
9. Students must demonstrate achievement of District-approved standards to graduate.
10. Students need opportunities to experience success and to build self-esteem.
11. Success of students is measured in a variety of ways.
Kodiak Island Borough School District is a safe, disciplined, and productive environment where students and adults are meaningfully engaged in learning. Our culturally diverse population is viewed as a strength with a spirit of equity, cooperation, and respect fills our school communities. Our curriculum design and instructional practices enhance our ability to connect academic learning to the work place. All our schools are equipped with the necessary technology, human resources, and materials for academic success.
Our graduates experience success and are academically prepared to take advantage of choices in a changing society. They work collaboratively, are technologically literate and have a passion for lifelong learning.
Our parents experience satisfaction due to the progress of their children. They work cooperatively with school personnel to establish goals and priorities. They feel welcomed and valued as partners in the educational process.
Our staff experiences a sense of accomplishment and is held in high esteem. They work collaboratively, are competent, effective, and committed to professional growth. They are positive role models to our youth.
Our community takes pride in Kodiak Island Borough School District as an organization where everyone is committed to quality education for all students. We are acknowledged as a premier educational system, and the community readily partners with us in a spirit of respect and support.
The Kodiak Island Borough School District, in close cooperation with our diverse island community, exists to provide an educational program of the highest standard that empowers all students to achieve personal and academic excellence while developing their full potential as responsible, productive citizens.
The photograph to the left is from the 2010/2011 District In-service presentation to the entire KIBSD staff. The small child on the stool represented "any give
n child" and the crowd behind represented some of the staff required to educate a student from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is a long journey.
A School District is a people business. One only has to examine our budget to see that 80% of all funds are in staff. This has serious budget implications. When KIBSD faces budget shortfalls the cuts almost have to target people.
Our budget is designed to increase or decrease staff in proportion to student enrollment. Our large schools require many staff to deliver instruction to class sized up to 30 students to one teacher. Our small k-12 schools may have few students, but require many traveling support staff to ensure the student success.