Learning Environment

Assess the daily schedule, annual academic calendar, student workload guidelines, and use of space to achieve balance in the student experience, and provide additional opportunities for collaboration.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

ACTION ITEMS

Daily schedule optimizes instructional time, supports diverse course offerings, recognizes the importance of extracurricular activities and free time, ensures optimal student health and academic performance, and creates opportunities for collaboration.

Faculty comply with homework and workload guidelines.

Efficient and effective use of classroom space.

  • Review the daily academic schedule and calendar periodically to ensure the best possible learning environment.

  • Evaluate the class day start time in an effort to ensure the best possible learning environment.

  • Ensure sufficient time is allotted in the day to meet academic and non-academic (transitions, co-curricular activities, advisory, wellness, etc.) demands of a Parker education.

  • Review school-wide homework load and general workload philosophy to ensure student wellness and academic achievement.

  • Encourage student feedback on matters related to the general learning environment.

  • Explore alternative models of classroom design, ensuring spaces are matched in size and proportion to the number of students and the physical needs of the course.   

  • Preserve optimal student-to-teacher ratios.

Global Education Program

Integrate fully a global education perspective into the JK to Grade 12 learning experience.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

ACTION ITEMS

Global Education Program is integrated effectively into the academic experience in all three divisions.

  • Embed the Global Education Program in the Upper School, enhancing course content.

  • Continue to refine and grow the Global Education experience at Lower School.

  • Ensure effective and comprehensive Global Education Program leadership.

  • Pilot one-year course offering that supports an Upper School Global Studies trip.

  • Investigate the possibility of awarding a formal student “Global Education Certificate” and/or applying for NAIS accreditation.

  • Expand program leader base, reinforce program leader expectations, and review trip calendars.

  • Increase opportunities and forums for students to share global trip experiences with the Parker community (i.e., across divisions and campuses).

  • Strengthen risk management protocol and ensure all leaders complete requisite training for international student travel.

  • Explore the feasibility of including the cost of Middle School Discovery Week in tuition.

Ensure trips provide comprehensive travel and cultural immersion experiences.

  • Solicit and chronicle student feedback.

  • Seek input from parents, faculty, and recent alumni.

  • Schedule and hold formal debrief sessions.

Further heighten Parker’s visibility as a leader in global studies programs.

  • Educate the Parker community on the value of the Global Education Program.

  • Foster partnerships with overseas providers.

  • Create additional opportunities for student and faculty exchanges (virtual and actual).

Character Education and Leadership

Develop character education and leadership skills that foster a range of essential characteristics and core values.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

ACTION ITEMS

Implement a JK to Grade 12 curricular-based character education program.

  • Develop and implement an age-appropriate character education program at each division using the Lower School construct of S.T.R.I.V.E.

  • Parker community—students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration—model the essential characteristics and core values of character development.

Increase opportunities for students to exercise leadership skills.

  • Provide additional leadership training opportunities for students.

Provide opportunities in innovative entrepreneurial internships in partnership with for-profit, nonprofit, and educational businesses and institutions.

  • Explore innovative practices and models to strengthen and expand current program.

  • Maintain current relationships and broker new relationships with local businesses, colleges and universities, and civic organizations.

Students demonstrate acquired skills as a result of their internship experiences.

  • Empower students to demonstrate their learning and mastery of workplace skills in the classroom and elsewhere.

Student Wellness

Emphasizing wellness, providing students with every opportunity to achieve their full potential.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

ACTION ITEMS

Reinforce student wellness programs.

  • Provide guidance on mental health, physical well-being, and support of lifetime fitness.

  • Educate parents and students on the importance of wellness.

  • Provide annual wellness and health screenings/evaluations by licensed health care professionals.

  • Strengthen our crisis response plan by providing a network of experts to assist in the event of a crisis.

Provide best practices and appropriate support for students with learning challenges.

  • Students are referred to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) using appropriate evaluative protocols.

  • Create appropriate referral processes to determine the length and extent of recommended services.

  • Provide ongoing professional development for teachers.

Consolidate student records (academic progress, health information) into a comprehensive online data management platform.

 

  • Establish clear objectives, policies, and protocols for student support and student wellness.

  • Institute formalized JK to Grade 12 student support teams.

Maintain and review school-wide nutritional guidelines.

 

  • Ensure that appropriate nutritional guidelines are met or exceed state and/or national standards.

Athletics

Parker augments its historic commitment to excellence in athletics as part of a larger and ongoing School commitment, understanding that athletics are fundamentally educational and promote health and well-being.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

ACTION ITEMS

Attract, admit, and retain qualified student-athletes who embody the core values of Parker.

  • Partner with the Admissions Office in outreach and recruiting efforts.

  • Promote student-athletes who sustain excellence in athletics while engaging fully in the life of the School and serving as exemplars of Parker’s commitment to educating the whole child.

Parker coaches are first and foremost, educators.

 

  • Hire and retain experienced coaches who teach student-athletes the fundamentals of their sport, serve as role models for sportsmanship, and build teams and train athletes who compete at the highest level.

Facilities meet the current and future needs of athletic competition and support the overall physical education program.

 

  • Replace aging athletic facilities with state-of-the-art physical education and athletic facilities as defined in the Linda Vista Campus Master Plan.

All students understand participation in athletics is a privilege and model integrity, accountability, and sportsmanship.

 

  • Student-athletes, coaches, and parents adhere to the CIF Athletic Code of Conduct.

  • Provide forums for students to discuss matters related to integrity, accountability, and sportsmanship in athletics.