Philosophy and Goals

The Iberia Parish School Board subscribes to the belief that it is charged with the responsibility to provide for the children of educable age of Iberia Parish, regardless of physical, intellectual, or social differences, or of race or creed, a full opportunity for a free and appropriate education that will enable the individual to develop to the fullest extent of his/her capacity. In the practical application of this philosophy, as briefly stated in the "seven cardinal principles of education" set forth in the 1918 Report of the Commission of Reorganization of Secondary Education of the National Education Association, as reaffirmed in the report of the 1956 White House conference on Education, the public schools of Iberia Parish shall provide opportunities to the individual, within the limits of his/her capacity to develop:

  1. The fundamental skills of communication - reading, writing, spelling, as well as other elements of effective oral and written expression; the arithmetical and mathematical skills, including problem solving.
  2. Appreciation of our democratic heritage.
  3. Civil rights and responsibilities and knowledge of American institutions.
  4. Respect and appreciation for human values and for the beliefs of others.
  5. Ability to think and evaluate constructively and creatively.
  6. Effective work habits and self-discipline
  7. Social competency as a contributing member of the family and community.
  8. Ethical behavior based on a sense of moral and spiritual values.
  9. Intellectual curiosity and eagerness for life-long learning.
  10. Esthetic appreciation and self-expression in the arts.
  11. Physical and mental health.
  12. Wise use of time, including leisure pursuits.
  13. Understanding of the physical world and man's relation to it as represented through basic knowledge of the sciences.
  14. An awareness of our relationships with the world community.

To achieve these objectives for every child, including the handicapped/exceptional child, the public schools of Iberia Parish must provide:

  1. Attractive, safe, and stimulating environments for the learning experiences of the students.
  2. An effective program of guidance and counseling in preparation for the world of work.
  3. An appropriate balance in the educational program that will provide stimulation and development of the useful talents of all children.
  4. Balanced courses in the social sciences to develop in the students a better appreciation of the advantages of our democratic way of life.

The Iberia Parish School Board further recognizes and accepts the responsibility to cooperate with other appropriate institutions and agencies toward enriching the lives of its students and to meet the need for a continuing growth and development of its educational system to keep pace with the economic, social and moral implications resulting from modern advances in technology and science. All programs operated by the Iberia parish School Board are available to handicapped and minority students.