Educational Philosophy Mission


Maine School Administrative District No. 31


We, the communities of M.S.A.D. #31, envision that the Board of Directors, Administrators, Teachers, Students, Parents, and Community members will work and cooperate as a team to enable our graduates to develop skills in order to pursue multiple opportunities throughout their life.

M.S.A.D. #31 is a community of learners. These learners are led to develop a positive sense of self, and respect for others. They acquire the basic skills and technological abilities necessary to become independent thinkers and learners who are contributing members of society. They realize not only who they are, but also who they can become in a constantly changing world.

M.S.A.D. #31 is a community of educators. These educators believe that all children want to and can learn. The members of this community are committed to student-centered instruction using appropriate technologies, the mastery of basic skills needed for problem solving, and the development of authentic assessment. They demonstrate enthusiasm, professionalism, and continuous self-improvement, always conscious of their responsibility to be role models.

M.S.A.D. #31 is a community of citizens. These citizens work together to provide the resources to offer the best possible education to all community members. They are committed to providing an emotionally and physically safe environment where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The citizens are valued in the decision making process of the school system. Parents, business people, and other adults of the community believe in preparing students to be productive citizens, and providing staff development opportunities for educators. It takes the whole community to educate a child.

Our vision is for each M.S.A.D. #31 graduate:

  • To have a demonstrated mastery of basic academic and life skills, and technological abilities to rationally and objectively face and to identify life challenges

  • To be able to analyze, evaluate and respond effectively for the best solution to life challenges To have an enthusiasm for learning and a life-long desire to improve oneself.

  • To have self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence

  • To have respect for individuality and authority

  • To be personally responsible and to have effective social skills

  • To possess skills necessary not only to survive but also to improve his/her quality of life

Learners, educators, and citizens will be continuously updating an integrated curriculum that will prepare all students for an ever-changing and diverse society.


We believe that:

  • School is a safe and healthy environment where individual differences are accepted, the dignity, value and equality of everyone is emphasized, and productive risk taking is encouraged.

  • School, family and community cooperate communicate, to foster aspirations, self-esteem, and student success.

  • Students develop a strong work ethic, respect for themselves and others, and responsibility for their choices and actions.

  • Educators have a dedication to teaching, which is supported by open communication, opportunities for on-going staff development, and strong, supportive leadership, where educational decision making is shared by all.

  • Educators accept students at their performance level and provide an integrated curriculum with a challenging range of courses, experiences, and extra-curricular activities.

  • An integrated curriculum includes the basic skills, technology, core values, and the arts, humanities, and problem-solving and critical thinking skills so that students can become contributing citizens in a global society.

  • The written curriculum is consistently followed, reviewed, updated, and coordinated.

  • Discipline is consequential, meaningful, and consistent


The mission of M.S.A.D. #31 is to enhance achievement and self-esteem, accept individuality, and raise aspirations to a level, which will encourage life-long learning.

Legal 20-A MRSA 1001 (1A), 4511(3) (A)

P.L. 101-226 And any other significant changes to State & Federal Law

Adopted: 7/20/2005

Updated: 3/19/2008