District Mission and Philosophy
The Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, in a collaborative partnership with family, community, and school, will provide the essential resources, opportunities, and experiences that will foster as well as challenge all pupils to achieve their greatest potential as lifetime self-directed learners; critical and creative thinkers; and responsible, productive citizens.
It is the expectation of this school district that students demonstrate academic integrity at all times, that they achieve the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and Common Core Standards at all grade levels, and that all graduates from James Caldwell High School are college and career ready.
Statement of Educational Philosophy
In order to be college and career ready, our students must develop 21st Century Skills: critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration; and creativity and innovation. The development of these skills is a necessity for all, not a luxury for a few. It requires a combination of the mastery of content knowledge and skills, and the ability to understand the big ideas that connect them. Learning in this form is facilitated by inventive lessons with transparent outcomes that foster personalization, so that students can leave their own unique imprint on their learning. (1)
Both the assessment of individual learning goals and the evaluation of the overall goals of the school system require consideration of a wide variety of indicators, including measures of student achievement, qualitative feedback from students and parents, and long-term individual attainments. The evaluation of student learning and educator effectiveness cannot be reduced to the review of one or two metrics.
Schools must be places where students can take intellectual risks, learn and grow from their challenges in a supportive atmosphere, and develop the grit and resilience required to achieve their greatest potential.1- Wiggins and McTighe, Schooling By Design