Vision, Mission and Core Values

Vision and mission statements serve different purposes for an organization.  A mission statement describes what we want to do now, while a vision statement is the aspirational description of what we would like to achieve over the long-term future.

two students smilingOur Vision

Every NKSD student is a confident, competent, creative and compassionate person who is ready for a world yet to be imagined.

Our Mission

We foster a safe, collaborative, and intentional learning environment where each student is known by name, strength and need.



two boys playing saxophoneOur Core Values

  • We are all in for all students
    • All means ALL.
    • We are fully committed to growing every child in NKSD.
    • We do whatever it takes, even when it is hard, to unlock the potential in each student.
    • Our students deserve our best EVERY DAY.
    • We seek to know our students as people and as learners.
  • We model extraordinary care through our words and deeds.
    • Education is an inherently human endeavor, and we are mindful of this in our words and actions.
    • Our collective achievement depends on strong relationships.
    • We care - about one another, about our work, about our goals.
    • Education involves both the heart and the mind.
  • We foster high expectations, continuous growth, and high achievement for everyone.
    • All students can learn and grow.
    • All staff can learn and grow.
    • We hold high expectations - yet we hold high levels of grace.
    • Excellence should not be feared; it should be our aspiration.
    • We do not seek perfection; we seek growth and improvement.
  • We celebrate our diversity, we embrace inclusion, and we respect our local heritage.
    • Our diversity makes us stronger.
    • We recognize and respect the two Sovereign Nations upon whose ancestral lands we live and work.
    • We respect different perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints.
    • We seek to understand. We seek to learn about one another.
    • We build bridges, not walls, to our community.
    • We are enriched by our location, which features rich tapestry of traditions, cultures, and peoples.
  • There is no limit to "better."
    • We know that, as the world changes, so must we.
    • We embrace continuous improvement; we strive to improve each and every year.
    • We embrace a growth mindset: "I can't do it YET."
    • We embrace innovation, new ideas, or change.
    • All are teachers, all are learners.