Mission, Vision, Equity Statement, and Core Values/Guiding Principles

Mission:  Scotts Valley Unified School District provides every student with educational and social learning opportunities so they can develop their skills and thrive in a modern world.

Vision:  Empowering Students to be socially responsible, engaged, ethical, and effective citizens in a global society.

Equity Statement:

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
"Diversity is a fact.
Equity is a choice.
Inclusion is an action.
Belonging is an outcome."
~ Arthur Chan

SVUSD chooses to bring equity and inclusion into its decisions and practices. We welcome and celebrate the diversity of our community and strive for an inclusive district where everyone has a sense of belonging and feels valued.

We are doing this by:

  • Updating policies and practices to bring equity and inclusion into focus.

  • Supporting the use of curriculum and practical experiences in the classroom that reflect the diversity both within and beyond our school community to prepare students to succeed in a multicultural world.

  • Providing the tools every student needs to engage with a variety of perspectives utilizing empathy, understanding, cultural awareness, critical thinking, and advocacy so that students have the skills to positively engage in a diverse world.

  • Committing to professional development and continuous learning for all District staff for the growth and success of the District and its students.

The Board of Scotts Valley Unified commits to supporting these efforts through its decision-making, governance, and advocacy.

Core Values and Guiding Principles:  

  • Our role is to develop academically capable, culturally attuned, socially responsible, and proactive students.

  • We value trust, respect, and teamwork from our highly skilled and dedicated team.

  • District decisions, at all levels, should be thoughtful, equitable, and transparent.

  • We value commitment and collaboration from our engaged students, families, and the community.

  • We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

  • Student body and school staff diversity enriches the learning experience, promotes cultural awareness and acceptance, and serves as a model for citizenship in a global society.

  • We are accountable to our community for setting clear expectations and optimizing resources to meet our goals.

  • Continuous school improvement is necessary to meet the needs of students in a changing economy and society.

  • Quality educational opportunities must be differentiated to meet the needs of individual students.

  • Our respect for the unique characteristics of each employee and student is demonstrated through our relationships with them.