Core values&21st Century Critical Thinking Skills

Core Values

Student Achievement:  We believe the Harvard Public Schools inspire, prepare, and challenge all students toward academic excellence while recognizing that students reach their individual potential in different ways.

Personal Growth:  We believe in helping all students attain a balance between academic achievement and physical, emotional, and social well-being so that they become productive, confident, and caring citizens.

Partnerships:  We believe that students are best served when schools, families, and community share a common vision and are committed to open communication, mutual respect, and collaboration.

Resources:  We appreciate that the Harvard community provides the necessary resources to best serve our students, and we hold ourselves responsible for the appropriate use of those resources.

School Climate:
 We believe that the Harvard Public Schools strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff that values diversity and fosters respect for learning, self, and others.




21st Century Critical Thinking Skills
  • Thinking Independently and Interdependently
  • Developing Intellectual Integrity and Courage
  • Refining Generalizations and Avoiding Oversimplifications
  • Evaluating the Credibility of Sources of Information
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Making Interdisciplinary/Intradisciplinary Connections
  • Expressing Oneself in a Compelling and Accurate Way
  • Analyzing and Integrating Information
  • Demonstrating Understanding Through Performance Based Tasks
  • Developing One's Perspective and Understanding of Others
  • Using Technology Effectively