Dr. Justina Ford Elementary

Vision - Empower Passionate Hearts and Innovative Minds

Mission - Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School is dedicated to creating an environment where all students and staff thrive. 

We are committed to providing authentic learning opportunities and developing the whole child.





We believe that relationships form the foundation of our school community.

We are committed to:

  • Intentionally building relationships with and among students, staff, families and the larger community 

  • Learning about students as learners and individuals

  • Learning about our student’s  families and cultures

  • Valuing  and celebrating each individual, their strengths, and differences

We believe that all students are wonderfully unique and have diverse strengths, needs, and learning styles.

We are committed to:

  • Meeting the academic and social emotional needs of our students

  • Providing rigorous, rich, engaging, authentic, and fun learning experiences for all 

  • Empowering students to own their learning

  • Allowing learning to be messy and unpredictable

We believe that every member of the Justina Ford Elementary staff plays an integral part of caring for and supporting every student.

We are committed to:

  • Collaborating with each other to support students and families

  • Advocating for students and their needs

  • Providing emotional and physical safety in all situations

  • Being an active participant in the lives of our students

We believe that student growth is the evidence of learning.

We are committed to:

  • Encouraging students to take risks, learn from their mistakes, and try new things

  • Using reflection and feedback to guide learning

  • Assessing students in relevant, real-world, authentic ways, so they come to believe absolutely that school and education does matter

We believe that by working together, our school will be stronger.

We are committed to

  • Providing students and families with the right support

  • Listening first, with compassion and understanding

  • Acknowledging that every perspective is appreciated

  • Creating safe and caring environments where everyone feels valued

We believe that it is our responsibility to foster the growth of the whole child.

We are committed to:

  • Teaching and modeling social skills that help students be successful in an ever changing world

  • Providing students the opportunity to learn and explore their passions

  • Building student leaders through experiences in the classroom and outside of the school day

  • Responding to expected and unexpected behavior with a focus on learning

We believe that families are an integral part of the school community.

We are committed to:

  • Providing timely, meaningful and  supportive communications 

  • Offering multiple opportunities for families to feel welcome and participate in the school community

  • Providing ways for parents and families to be involved in giving feedback to the school

  • Aligning school programs and decisions to our beliefs and values

We believe that growth launches passion and excitement for what we do.

We are committed to:

  • Actively pursuing growth and learning for ourselves and our students

  • Embracing and driving change to  make our school a better place

  • Remaining passionate about education, learning, and continuous improvement


Updated March 2021