The mission of the school is to provide a safe, risk-free environment for children to learn and for staff to teach. To provide an environment that will produce life long learners through Standards driven instruction, which meets the needs of the school's diverse community. Aligning instruction to the Standards and identifying the academic and social needs of children is the primary factor to achieve a path to excellence. When the needs of children are accurately "mapped" the vehicle of instruction becomes a more effective means to achievement. EXCELLENCE is the goal for every child and staff member so that improved achievement levels can be realized. For this realization, "change" in program, the ways resources are used, in the organization of the school, in instructional strategies and how parents become more effective partners in the educational process are necessary.