1. Students are intrinsically motivated to learn, achieve, and create.
2. A special dimension of equality exists in the teacher-student relationship. We celebrate this dimension because it allows students to see themselves as successful and creative learners and individuals.
3. Teachers must help students develop the essential skills and habits of mind they need to use their minds well. We use tools of authentic assessment (portfolios, exhibitions, performances, projects, presentations, essays, and more) to evaluate the academic growth and achievement of each student.
4. Students, teachers, and parents must relate to one another with mutual respect and trust; we all must act in ways that benefit the community.
5. In our skilled faculty: collegial friends of the highest order and talented student mentors.