Vision, Mission, Beliefs and Philosophy


The Tri-Center Community School District has a school improvement advisory committee that is appointed by the school board and meets twice per year with the participation of students, parents, teachers, classified staff, administrators, community members, and business representatives.  Committee membership reflects the diversity of our community in terms of gender, age, and socio-economic status. 

The district encourages and receives input from parents, students, and staff via questionnaires, graduate surveys, and community support groups on an annual basis.  In 1998-99, 2002-03, and again in 2009-10 the district revisited the mission statement, district goals, belief statements, and student achievement goals through the efforts of the SIAC (School Improvement Advisory Committee) Through this process, the group proposed the following, which were adopted by the school board to be representative of the Tri-Center Community School District.


“Committed to Maximizing Student Potential”


  • All students can learn and succeed, although in different ways and at an individual pace.
  • Learning should take place in real-life contexts and should reflect the interrelated nature of subject areas.  Using resources in the community can help students to understand how present learning is connected to future work experiences.
  • Learning should be approached as a life-long, continual process.
  • In order to function in a global society, students need to understand individual and cultural diversities.
  • It is the responsibility of everyone associated with the school to develop a climate that fosters positive self-concepts and self-esteem.
  • Learning occurs best in a safe, clean, attractive, and comfortable, non-threatening environment.
  • Students learn best when their unique personal, social, and academic needs are met by caring teachers and administrators.
  • Excellence will be achieved by hiring, nurturing, and retaining innovative teachers who are leaders in their field.
  • Learning occurs best when students are involved in a variety of academic and extra-curricular activities.
  • Self-discipline, personal responsibility, respect, and a commitment to a strong work ethic will be encouraged, expected, and exemplified.
  • Family and community support enhances the learning process.


Tri-Center Community Schools is committed to a philosophy of service to children; the objective of this philosophy is to help each child develop into a mature individual and contributing member of society.  We believe that this objective can be met through a school program wide enough to scope and encompass the intellectual, physical, civic, social, and aesthetic education of children.  We believe an effective public school program must be directed toward common needs of ALL children, however, we believe the emphasis must lie always on the unique needs of each individual child.