School Mission Academic Philosophy At PHS our academic philosophy is premised on the belief that each student is unique, with varied talents and learning styles, and as such, requires a diverse range of pedagogical strategies to maximize his/her learning process. Our faculty approach teaching from a multimodal perspective, employing: Classical learning to facilitate discussions; blended learning to enable students to preview/review lectures online; project-based learning to promote critical thinking and hands-on learning; computer adapted learning to enable individualized growth and development; differentiated instruction to tailor teaching to students’ specific needs; and global studies to promote cultural sensitivity, social responsibilities, and global citizenship. The learning environment at PHS is nurturing, positive, and encouraging. We keep the student to teacher ratio at 20:1 in order to make every effort to foster success in each student. We believe that real-world learning must go hand-in-hand with classroom learning, and so have developed numerous opportunities for students to engage in learning outside of the classroom, including internships and field trips at Polytechnic University, Summer Schools, Clubs and community service projects. Ultimately, our goal is to instill in our students a sense of everlasting wonder, a spirit of exploration and innovation, the courage to persevere through challenges, and the vision to pursue their passion with gravitas and integrity. Core Values of Polytechnic High School Vision: Quality Learning and Superior Performance for All Students Mission: The mission of PHS is to prepare and inspire all students to contribute and excel, to immerse them in a culture of collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking with the goal of developing them to be inventors, problem solvers, and leaders in local and global spheres. Our Beliefs: Trust among all stakeholders is vital. Expectations influence accomplishments because everyone has the capacity to learn. A school-community partnership is essential. Change creates opportunity. High-performing leadership makes visions reality.