About Moreno Valley High School
The Mission of MVHS is to provide a world-class free public education for students of all abilities and backgrounds. To achieve this, MVHS imposes challenging academic standards, thereby providing young people with the skills necessary not just to survive but to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Students must analyze and solve complex problems, communicate clearly, synthesize information, apply knowledge, and generalize learning to other settings. MVHS will prepare each graduate to be a lifelong learner and a responsible, productive citizen.
The primary means for implementing our mission is through the Paideia Program, a curriculum that embodies three approaches to teaching: Socratic Seminar, Academic Coaching and Didactic Instruction. MVHS supports innovation, critical thinking and active student participation.
The MVHS curriculum aligns with NM State Standards and Benchmarks and is designed to meet or exceed state requirements for graduation.
The Goals of MVHS are to prepare each graduate to be a lifelong learner, to be a responsible citizen, and to earn a living. We will have reached these goals when MVHS graduates demonstrate preparedness to enter a college or profession of their choice. Student achievement will be assessed by administering state standardized tests as well as methods developed internally by staff that are designed to measure student mastery of state and school competencies.
The Vision of MVHS is to cultivate a high school where thoughtful conversation spills over into the lunchroom and soccer field, and where the pursuit of intellectual curiosity is perceived as a pleasure. Our vision is to foster students who are enthusiastic about learning and a school community dedicated to the process of lifelong learning.
Program and Philosophy
MVHS is a free public charter school founded in 2002. It is open to all students in grades nine through twelve, of all abilities and backgrounds. The primary means for accomplishing the Mission is the Paideia Program, which was proposed in 1984 by Mortimer J. Adler and the Paideia Group. The Paideia Program is a whole school reform model that uses three columns of instruction:
- Didactic Instruction – what many people think of as conventional education; direct, lecture-format delivery of factual information.
- Intellectual Coaching – guides and supports students’ development of curricular skills while applying information often through individual and group projects; in this model teachers model and encourage good thinking habits and questioning techniques.
- Socratic Seminar – a collaborative, intellectual conversation facilitated by open-ended questions about a text. The conversation is intended to expand understanding of ideas and values. The teacher’s primary role is to ask questions that help students think further about ideas under discussion.
MVHS follows the regulations of the North Central Accrediting Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges, the New Mexico Department of Education, and the Moreno Valley High School Charter, regarding high school graduation requirements.
All MVHS students complete and present a Senior Portfolio or Senior Project meeting specific requirements to graduate.
*Information Excerpted from Complete Student Handbook
What is Paideia Learning?
PAIDEIA (py-dee-a) from Greek pais, paidos: the upbringing of child. (Related to pedagogy and pediatrics.) In an extended sense, the equivalent of Latin humanitas (from which “the humanities”), signifying the general learning that should be the possession of all human beings.
The Paideia movement is inspired by the following principles, calling for high-quality education for all children.
The 12 Principles of Paideia Philosophy
We, the members of the Paideia Group, hold these truths to be the principles of the Paideia Program:
• that all children can learn;
• that, therefore, they all deserve the same quality of schooling, not just the same quantity;
• that the quality of schooling to which they are entitled is what the wisest parents would wish for their own children, the best education for the best being the best education for all;
• that schooling at its best is preparation for becoming generally educated in the course of a whole lifetime, and that schools should be judged on how well they provide such preparation;
• that the three callings for which schooling should prepare all Americans are, (a) to earn a decent livelihood, (b) to be a good citizen of the nation and the world, and (c) to make a good life for one’s self;
• that the primary cause of genuine learning is the activity of the learner’s own mind, sometimes with the help of a teacher functioning as a secondary and cooperative cause;
• that the three types of teaching that should occur in our schools are didactic teaching of subject matter, coaching that produces the skills of learning, and Socratic questioning in seminar discussion;
• that the results of these three types of teaching should be (a) the acquisition of organized knowledge, (b) the formation of habits of skill in the use of language and mathematics, and (c) the growth of the mind’s understanding of basic ideas and issues;
• that each student’s achievement of these results would be evaluated in terms of that student’s competencies, and not solely related to the achievements of other students;
• that the principal of the school should never be a mere administrator, but always a leading teacher who should be cooperatively engaged with the school’s teaching staff in planning, reforming, and reorganizing the school as an educational community;
• that the principal and faculty of a school should themselves be actively engaged in learning;
• that the desire to continue their own learning should be the prime motivation of those who dedicate their lives to the profession of teaching.
*Information in this column from The National Paideia Center