The West Allegheny School District delivers research-based, standards aligned curricula and instructional strategies that are comprehensive and rigorous in order to meet the needs of all students. Curriculum development is the foundation for all instructional programs. Teacher representatives serve on committees as they utilize a systematic curriculum review process. They collaborate with educational content experts in the field as they engage in thorough planning, research, development, implementation, evaluation, and reflection. With the benefit of meaningful professional development, the implementation of curricula promotes learning and achievement for all students.
As students engage in relevant and engaging learning experiences, they master skills and competencies that apply to both the classroom and real-world. The development of 21st century skills both inside and outside of the classroom is essential as students learn to communicate, problem solve, think critically, work cooperatively with diverse groups, resolve conflicts, take responsibility for one’s own learning, and produce quality work. Our academic programming ensures a balance among skills development, conceptual knowledge, and application as students participate in hands-on, mindful active studies.
The goal of all instructional programs is to help prepare students for career and college pathways that connect them to a viable career and/or post-secondary education. We define career and college readiness as key academic content knowledge and cognitive strategies needed to succeed in navigating career and college paths without remediation.
We promote a growth mindset among our students as we believe that basic abilities can be developed through dedication, perseverance and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and resiliency. By following a growth mindset, our students learn to view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills.