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Shortridge High School's mission is to challenge high-ability scholars from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to become lifelong learners who develop personal and social awareness. Self-knowledge leads scholars to identify and pursue personal strengths. Awareness and understanding of one’s own personal and local culture leads to an openness to and understanding of global cultures. As students identify and explore local and then global issues, they will be encouraged to take meaningful action. At SHS, the mission statement determines how we interact as a community and how we design strategic plans for the future. Along with our educational philosophy and core values, Shortridge High School's mission statement provides the context for our daily activities as well as the framework for our strategic direction.
The Shortridge High faculty and staff share a common vision of education.
Education is a powerful force that must be leveraged to create a safer, more equitable and prosperous community. Our vision is that through education our students will not only achieve academic success, but will also become active and engaged citizens who work for the greater good of society. The key to overcoming challenges such as violence, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness, and unemployment is an educated citizenry willing to become engaged in civil discourse.
Education can help solve society's ills. We must teach our children tenacity, integrity and help them develop a sense of empowerment and an understanding of the importance of service; our graduates will apply their skills and passions to create a lasting impact on their community.
- Build upon IPS' strengths to address critical academic needs
- Expand student access to rigorous and engaging baccalaureate and graduate education
- Foster and promote lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world
- Apply the faculty's expertise and collaborative approach to scholarship, creativity, and research in ways that strengthen communities beyond the school
- Serve as a model for urban education