Create Mission Statements for Schools that Resonate with Students, Staff, and Parents (Plus Examples)

School Mission Statements that Work
School Mission Statements that Work

Most schools completely miss the mark when it comes to crafting effective mission statements.

Schools tend to create overwhelming, complicated, buzzword-riddled statements that serve no purpose because no one can relate to them.

In this article, I will make a case for short, concise mission statements for schools as well as list some examples.

Let's dive in!

School mission statement objectives

School Mission Statement Objectives

To craft a useful school mission statement you first have to take into consideration the objectives of the mission statement.

In other words, what are you trying to accomplish with it?

Most schools use their mission and vision statements to flex their wordsmithing muscles by injecting as many buzzwords as possible.

In my opinion, that's not necessary at all.

In fact, it's counterproductive.

School mission statement objectives should be:

  • To express the school's purpose
  • To be student-centric
  • To rally students, staff, and parents behind a single message

For a mission statement to accomplish these objectives, everyone involved has to be able to understand it and relate to it.

This is where many schools fail.

They craft mission statements that are too long, too complicated, and, ultimately, meaningless.

What can a powerful mission statement add to a school?

In my opinion, mission statements are underutilized in school systems.

Not because schools don't have mission statements, but because they have mission statements that don't produce any beneficial effects.

Schools are complicated institutions with many moving parts that play huge roles in people's lives.

They need to muster every ounce of positivity, inspiration, and unity that they can.

A powerful mission statement built to do its job has the potential to add exactly these sentiments into the mix.

Of course, a school mission statement isn't going to single-handedly change your school for the better but every bit helps.

Especially when it's free and it continues producing positive effects for generations.

How to craft a school mission statement that does its job

How to craft a school mission statement

First of all, drop all notions that educational institutions like schools have to produce highly-intellectual mission statements that use sophisticated vocabulary and require a wordsmith to understand, let alone write.

Second of all, many schools tend to mix up mission, vision, and values statements.

Some even jumble up all three into one statement.

A school mission statement is a present-oriented reflection of that school's aims, values and capabilities.

Important note: even though aims and values are mentioned in the definition, a mission statement is only supposed reflect them.

It doesn't explicitly list and talk about them.

That's what you can do in the vision and values statements.

In my opinion, a school mission statement should be:

  • Simple to understand even for students
  • Coherent
  • Memorable
  • Rooted in the present
  • Student-centric
  • Inspirational in its authenticity and humility

A school mission statement will only do its job if students, teachers, and parents embrace it.

That will only happen if many, if not all, of these guidelines are met.

Besides the guidelines, here are 5 actionable tips to keep in mind when creating your school mission statement:

  • Describe what your school does for the students
  • Create more than one statement while brain-storming
  • After the brain-storming session, always sleep on it and continue with a fresh pair of eyes the next day
  • Get second, third, or however many other opinions you need
  • It's OK to change a mission statement, it's not set in stone

Mission statement generators and templates

I've covered 5 best free mission statement generators in another article so feel free to check it out.

I wasn't able to get great results of mission statements for schools out of any of these generators so I wouldn't recommend using them in this particular case.

They're more suited for company mission statements.

The only generator that could possibly work in this case is the Whole Whale mission statement generator, but be prepared to have to do all the heavy lifting yourself.

In which case, you might as well not use it at all.

The same goes for the various mission statement templates that you can find online

They're just not well suited for educational institutions.

Before we jump into some examples, I'd like to point you to an article I published on the importance of setting a mission statement in content marketing.

Many of the general principles discussed in that article apply to school mission statements too.

10 examples of mission statements for elementary schools

School mission statement examples

Frost Elementary School

Frost Elementary School’s staff, parents, and community are dedicated to the intellectual, personal, social, and physical growth of students. Our highly qualified staff recognizes the value of professional development in order to rigorously challenge students. Our teaching practices are both reflective and responsive to the needs of our students. Through diversified experiences, our students discover their potential, achieve readiness for college and careers, and succeed in a safe and caring environment.

Pacific Elementary School

Pacific School's mission is to prepare children for life through experiential learning that addresses the needs of the whole child.  We create a safe and secure school environment that promotes social and academic growth and develops an enthusiasm for learning, a positive self-image and cross-cultural understanding.

Valley View Elementary School

Valley View Elementary School is a safe, positive, collaborative community that values academic and behavioral excellence.  Professionals, paraprofessionals, students and parents work together to attain our common vision.  We work to ensure maximum individual growth for all students in knowledge, reasoning and attitude, leading toward success and community participation as adults.  Teachers match appropriate instructional methods to desired outcomes.  A variety of assessment types, surveys, and reliable research are used to evaluate success, refine our vision, and define staff development.

Lincoln Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary is committed to providing its students a rigorous and relevant education within a safe, positive and productive school environment. Collaboratively we will develop students who are lifelong learners and who can apply their talents and knowledge to become successful, contributing members in our culturally diverse and ever changing society.

Hickory Elementary School

Hickory Elementary School is a dedicated learning community committed to the academic growth of all students. We ensure all learners achieve intellectual and personal excellence while preparing for future endeavors.

Edwins Elementary School

We prepare all students to achieve excellence by providing the highest quality education to empower each to become lifelong learners who positively impact their families, communities, and the world.

Liberty Elementary School

Liberty Elementary School’s mission is to create for students the opportunity to become responsible citizens who respect themselves and others. We will foster a love of learning, provide a quality education, and enable students to meet the challenges of the future by promoting the highest standards possible in a positive and safe learning environment.

Hemingway Elementary School

At Hemingway Elementary School our mission is to provide all children a safe and supportive learning environment in which students can explore their creativity, take intellectual risks, and reach their full potential as individuals, as learners, and as respectful, contributing members of our global society.

Majestic Way Elementary School

We, the Majestic Way staff, students and community believe that all students can expect a safe, secure, caring and consistent learning environment which will challenge them to reach their maximum potential. Experience in our school community will foster their self-worth and ability to respect and relate well with diverse experiences and communities. Our ultimate goal is for all students to become independent critical thinkers, life long learners and to become positive contributors to society.

Littlewood Elementary School

Littlewood grows together in a warm, safe, challenging environment that promotes self-pride and a lifelong respect for the love of learning.

Examples of mission statements for middle schools

Western Sky Middle School

Western Sky Middle School mission is to create a safe environment where all students academic, emotional, and social development is nurtured and developed. We utilize collaborative teams to develop a cohesive student centered framework grounded in best practices and evolving curriculum.  Every student will develop the confidence, knowledge, and skill set to succeed in high school and beyond.

Camp Ernst Middle School

The staff of Camp Ernst Middle School is committed to providing students with a variety of opportunities to grow academically and socially during their middle school years, while striving to assist students in a safe and secure environment that is conducive to learning. Our focus is to help develop the educational foundation that is established during early adolescence enabling each student to become successful members of our diverse society.

Willis Jepson Middle School

The mission of Willis Jepson Middle School, through a partnership of students, families, staff and community, is to ensure that every student has the skills to build a strong social and academic foundation, in order to transition into a successful high school student and responsible member of the community. This mission is accomplished by providing a challenging, standards-based curriculum that meets individual needs and is delivered in a safe environment by a dedicated nurturing staff.

Diablo Vista Middle School

We are here as a united community to support and encourage each other to become positive, well-rounded, lifelong learners and successful leaders of the future.

Davis Middle School

Our Mission is to provide relevant and challenging instruction.  We will set high expectations for students, focusing on experiences that build positive relationships, collaboration, persistence, and that encourage maximum student effort.

Brown Middle School

We, the faculty, staff and community of Brown Middle School are committed to working together relentlessly as we strive to continuously improve student achievement creating a momentous impact where every child's unique gift is nurtured.

Cooper Middle School

The Cooper community supports the growth of all students to think critically and function as empathetic, respectful, and responsible global citizens.

Laramie Middle School

Scouting Success Together. We will create an environment where students feel safe and valued so that all students can achieve the high levels of learning required to be successful.

Rose Hill Middle School

We prepare and inspire students for academic and social success in a safe community through collaboration of students, staff and parents.

Christiana Middle School

Our purpose at Christiana Middle School is to prepare students with the skills needed to be successful at the high school level and begin to plan for their futures as productive members of society.

Examples of mission statements for high schools

Western Sky Middle School

Western Sky Middle School mission is to create a safe environment where all students academic, emotional, and social development is nurtured and developed. We utilize collaborative teams to develop a cohesive student centered framework grounded in best practices and evolving curriculum.  Every student will develop the confidence, knowledge, and skill set to succeed in high school and beyond.

Camp Ernst Middle School

The staff of Camp Ernst Middle School is committed to providing students with a variety of opportunities to grow academically and socially during their middle school years, while striving to assist students in a safe and secure environment that is conducive to learning. Our focus is to help develop the educational foundation that is established during early adolescence enabling each student to become successful members of our diverse society.

Willis Jepson Middle School

The mission of Willis Jepson Middle School, through a partnership of students, families, staff and community, is to ensure that every student has the skills to build a strong social and academic foundation, in order to transition into a successful high school student and responsible member of the community. This mission is accomplished by providing a challenging, standards-based curriculum that meets individual needs and is delivered in a safe environment by a dedicated nurturing staff.

Diablo Vista Middle School

We are here as a united community to support and encourage each other to become positive, well-rounded, lifelong learners and successful leaders of the future.

Davis Middle School

Our Mission is to provide relevant and challenging instruction.  We will set high expectations for students, focusing on experiences that build positive relationships, collaboration, persistence, and that encourage maximum student effort.

Brown Middle School

We, the faculty, staff and community of Brown Middle School are committed to working together relentlessly as we strive to continuously improve student achievement creating a momentous impact where every child's unique gift is nurtured.

Cooper Middle School

The Cooper community supports the growth of all students to think critically and function as empathetic, respectful, and responsible global citizens.

Laramie Middle School

Scouting Success Together. We will create an environment where students feel safe and valued so that all students can achieve the high levels of learning required to be successful.

Rose Hill Middle School

We prepare and inspire students for academic and social success in a safe community through collaboration of students, staff and parents.

Christiana Middle School

Our purpose at Christiana Middle School is to prepare students with the skills needed to be successful at the high school level and begin to plan for their futures as productive members of society.

Examples of mission statements for high schools

Hart High School

We strive to prepare all students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens ready to meet the challenges of the future. In partnership with families and community, our goal is to create relevant learning opportunities for students -- both inside and outside the classroom -- that help them develop the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and character necessary to succeed in a technologically advanced world. We honor quality and enable students to perform at their highest level of ability.

Longdendale High School

Our mission is to provide an education which seeks to approach all learners on the basis of their individual needs, building self respect and motivation, rewarding progress, providing opportunities and engendering a real zest for life-long learning. We know that education that meets the needs of each individual is transformational and is central to future personal happiness.

Bowman High School

Bowman's mission is to provide a safe haven where everyone is valued and respected. All staff members, in partnership with parents and families are fully committed to students' college and career readiness. Students are empowered to meet current and future challenges to develop social awareness, civic responsibility, and personal growth. Many opportunities are provided to support students as they develop into productive and informed participants in a global community.

Littlerock High School

The Mission of Littlerock High School is to provide a safe and secure setting that promotes personal and academic growth wherein students are given comprehensive and challenging opportunities to become productive citizens.

Sweetwater High School

The mission of Sweetwater High School, the distinguished, educational cornerstone of National City committed to academic, social and ethical growth for its diverse students, is to ensure graduates possess skills necessary for success in post-secondary education and career aspirations and become contributing members of their community through a system of learning characterized by:

  • A rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students
  • A culture of learning, emphasizing high expectations for all students, staff and parents.
  • A caring professional staff leading students to maintain healthy relationships and make positive life choices.
  • A community focused on accountability, assessment and achievement for all stakeholders.
  • Resources and opportunities to maximize student achievement and potential.

Wellesley High School

We cultivate positive learning experiences and foster responsibility and integrity so that upon leaving Wellesley High School our students will continue to contribute to their worlds.

Dargaville High School

Realising potential, recognising and fostering success for each student, developing well rounded, contributing members of society.

Stone Memorial High School

The mission of Stone Memorial High School is to provide every student the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to be a contributing member of society.

Hemet High School

Hemet High School’s Vision is to be a physically and emotionally safe environment where every student will graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to attend college, a technical/professional program, or other postsecondary training in pursuit of their career of choice; where cultural diversity, democracy, technology and the arts are valued; and where Respect, Responsibility, and Accountability are encouraged.

Cherokee High School

Cherokee High School strives to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of all students to prepare them to become productive members of a diverse and ever-changing society.

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