101 Educational Philosophy of the School District


As a school corporation of Iowa, the Harlan Community School District, acting through its board of directors, is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students.  The board’s ability may be limited by the school district's ability and willingness to furnish financial support in cooperation with our student’s parents and the school district community.  The board is also dedicated to providing the opportunity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance to, and encourages critical thinking in the students for a lifetime.

The board endeavors, through the dedication of the school district's resources, to encourage students, who come to the school district from a variety of backgrounds, to look forward to the time when they will find well-being through lives filled with learning, community, and accomplishment. In order to achieve this goal, the board will invest in qualified employees dedicated to the development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program and for the expertise for educational productivity.

Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of a public education.  Critical thinking and problem solving skills that will assist the students' preparation for life is instructed as part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum.  The school district strives to prepare students for employment, to discover and nurture creative talent and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning.

The support and involvement of the home and the school district community are essential to achieve educational excellence in the school district.  The school district strives to maintain an active relationship with families and the school district community to create, within the students, an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility, and respect for all.

Legal Reference: 
Iowa Code §§ 256.11 (2013).

Cross Reference:      
102      Equal Educational Opportunity
103      Long-Range Needs Assessment
209      Board of Directors' Management Procedures
600      Goals and Objectives of the Education Program
602      Curriculum Development

Adopted: 10.21.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022