Our core values inform and shape the approach we take as an educational institution and serve as underlying themes for our communications. These core values should be seen as the promises we are making to our students, employees, and the greater Philadelphia community. Therefore, when communicating across any medium, we want to challenge ourselves to be continuously asking how we are reflecting and holding ourselves to the promises we make as an organization through our core values.

ALL STUDENTS CAN AND WILL LEARN.

All students can and will learn.

We believe all students achieve through hard work, smart ideas, and help from others.

HIGH-QUALITY INSTRUCTION IS CENTRAL TO OUR WORK.

High-quality instruction is central to our work.

We believe the best kind of teaching takes both care and skill in equal measure.

SCHOOLS ARE LEARNING ORGANIZATIONS.

Schools are learning organizations.

We believe it’s vital to model the benefits of lifelong learning.

PARENTS AND FAMILIES ARE OUR PARTNERS.

Parents and families are our partners.

We believe these partnerships can be transformative for everyone.

WE ARE TRUSTED STEWARDS OF PUBLIC RESOURCES.

We are trusted stewards of public resources.

We believe a great public education must be affordable, efficient, and effective.

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Effectively incorporating our core values into our communications involves fully understanding who we are, where we are headed, and what we aim to communicate to our audiences.

SDP At A Glance
Action Plan 
Key Messages 
Audience Profiles