Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools in Their Own Words

VISION
We inspire learning by providing the greatest public education to each & every student.

MISSION
Every student will have the academic, creative problem solving, & social emotional skills to be successful in college & career.

CORE PURPOSE
Prepare all students to thrive in their future.

CORE VALUES
Learning
We believe that we must engage every student, every day; learning is achieved by cultivating curiosity & encouraging determination, focus, & hard work; & adult learning & engagement are key to student learning.

Therefore, we will encourage & support critical thinking, problem solving, active questioning, & risk taking to continuously improve; stimulate discovery by engaging students in relevant & rigorous academic, social, & emotional learning experiences; & challenge ourselves to analyze & reflect upon evidence to improve our practices.

Relationships
We believe that meaningful collaboration is vital to our success; strong partnerships are built on trust & open & honest communication; & building relationships with our diverse community requires us to understand the perspectives & experiences of others.

Therefore, we will get to know student & staff members as individuals to better serve them; engage in interest-based decision making with our partners to achieve mutually agreed upon goals; & build strong relationships with students, family, staff, & community to support learning.

Respect
We believe that each individual’s contributions add value to our learning community; fair treatment, honesty, openness, & integrity are essential; & the diversity of our culture, interests, skills, & backgrounds is an asset that makes us stronger.

Therefore, we will model civility in all interactions & encourage candid conversations; deal fairly & honestly with each other; & listen to others’ perspectives with openness & accept that there are various points of view.

Excellence
We believe that raising the bar & setting high standards is necessary to ensure that all students graduate ready for college & career; we have to expect the best to get the best from everyone, every day; & creating intellectual excitement & supporting personal growth inspires us all toward excellence.

Therefore, we will push unceasingly for continuous improvement; hold our practice & our work to the highest possible standards; & nurture a culture of creativity & inquiry that supports innovation & progress.

Equity
We believe that each & every student matters; outcomes should not be predictable by race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status; equity demands the elimination of all gaps; & creating & maximizing future opportunities for students and staff is necessary.

Therefore, we will hold high expectations for all students & staff; distribute resources as necessary to provide extra supports & interventions so all students can achieve; identify & eliminate any institutional barriers to students’ success; & ensure that equitable practices are used in all classrooms & workplaces.