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About Our School

VVMS Mission

Background

Education has not changed much in the last 100 years, however our society has changed incredibly. We are now in a technology revolution and we cannot afford for our community to be left behind. Historically, many students of color, students from low income backgrounds, and new immigrants have not been fully served by our educational system. Visitación Valley Middle School exists to break that cycle, to interrupt forms of systemic oppression, and to empower our students to realize their dreams. We believe that all our students are capable of excellence and success. We support our students to take flight, through a vision of Love, Literacy, and Liberation.

 

Mission Statement

Our diverse and unique students will develop strong, long-lasting academic knowledge along with the social and emotional skills, that will allow all to be successful in high school and beyond.

Vision - Love, Literacy, and Liberation

To achieve our mission and vision, we focus on three areas: Love, Literacy, and Liberation.

  1. We believe that Love is the foundation to any learning environment. This is created through community building, celebrating success, and the use of restorative practices. We want our teachers to not only know our students' names but understand their stories as well. We want our students to feel comfortable at our school to take academic risks and form relationships.  Learn more about our community building here.

  2. We believe that Literacy is the tool for students to learn to teach themselves, a valuable skill in High School and Higher Education. We want to develop students mathematical, digital, and media literacy. This includes improving their reading fluency and comprehension, as well as their writing skills. We plan to improve our use of reading strategies and writing coaching to develop literacy.

  3. Lastly, we believe that Love and Literacy will equip our students with the skills to liberate themselves and eventually support their liberation of their communities. We want our students to investigate social inequities and injustices, especially those that affect them, in order to explore ways to address them. We want to prepare our teachers to use culturally/linguistically relevant teaching to support our students. We want our classrooms to apply to the real world and solve real world issues.  We believe student movement and student talk are a way to liberate learning in the classroom.