Yuma Union High School District’s core value and mission is to have every student college, career, and community prepared. We measure this by identifying how many of our students go to college, or how many industry certifications are earned to be prepared for a career. Portrait of a Graduate is about identifying what being community prepared means and how we accomplish it.
We worked with community members to identify what the most sought after characteristics of newly graduated students should have in order to be productive members of the community. It is really where the rubber meets the road for the core mission.
There were six core attributes identified (empathetic learner, collaborator, self-aware learner, resilient learner, communicator, and critical thinker), and a set of competencies for each were matched with expectations based on each individual student's level of proficiency. This gives a clear path for students to follow to attain the end goal of mastering each attribute, and a clear direction for how district staff can lead them.