We recognize that each member of our community is an individual, with particular gifts and talents as well as specific challenges and needs.
Since 1902 the commitment to understand and care for individual students has been central to ASIJ’s culture, and we intend for it to remain at the heart of our community for the next century. We recognize that each member of our community is an individual, with particular gifts and talents as well as specific challenges and needs. We are at our best as a community when each individual within the community is known and understood as who they are, valued and appreciated for their particular capabilities and strengths, and cared for based on their individual needs.
The world needs young people who aspire to make a positive difference in their local, national, and global communities. Whether their convictions manifest themselves in concern about climate change, social justice issues, environmental degradation, poverty and hunger, recycling and conservation, or racism and bigotry, we need to prepare young people to be problem-solvers and solution-finders, willing to dedicate their time, energy, and talent to making the world safer, cleaner, and more just. At ASIJ, we believe the skills that students build in and beyond the classrooms should pair with purpose and agency, prompting students to grapple with authentic problems and issues. We want our students to engage with the world, to seek understanding of their connections and responsibilities, and to contribute meaningfully to the various communities around them. At ASIJ, we believe that purposeful work builds purposeful students. School is more than a series of artificial or isolated experiences, but should instead be a rich and meaningful component of our lives and community. We also believe human beings, by their nature, seek purpose—to contribute and to be part of causes greater and more enduring than themselves.