The mission of the Hendry County School District is to provide all students the opportunity to achieve at high academic levels, equipping them to successfully pursue college or career goals. We are here to serve the students and parents of our community. The vision of the Hendry County School District is to create a district where students want to learn, parents want to send their children, teachers want to teach, and employees want to work by a commitment to: Academic Achievement - Student academic engagement at the highest level reflecting college and career readiness. Instructional Effectiveness - Teachers and leadership creating a climate of rigor, relevance, and high expectations based on state and national standards. Collaboration - Working with parents and community stakeholders to create a working partnership for academic excellence and student success. Culture - Cultural diversity respected by all and individual strengths are maximized in a safe and secure environment. The Hendry County School District encourages parent and community participation through a variety of programs and activities like the School Advisory Committee and Parent Teacher Organization. Hendry County’s public school system serves more than 7,000 students in grades K-12 at six elementary, two middle, and two high schools. A wide range of educationally beneficial experiences awaits each student and teacher who enters our schools, and we take great pride in seeing students progress academically through the grade levels as they reach the ultimate goal of high school graduation. High expectations of students have repeatedly been shown to have a positive impact on student performance. Students are somewhat dependent on the expectations placed on them during this period of their lives, as they are still shaping their personal sense of ability and esteem. Teachers who are expected to teach at high levels of effectiveness can reach the level of expectations, particularly when teacher evaluations and professional development are geared toward improving instructional quality. Trust between all parties of the school community is vital for enhancing the school's effectiveness because it supports the prospect that parents and teachers believe in each other's motives and actions. Parental participation is also important because it sends the message to?students that the adults in their lives--both teachers and parents--believe?in the importance of education and are willing to make time to support? students' educational experiences and efforts. For maximum learning to occur, students need to feel secure. Respect is a quality that is promoted and is a fundamental aspect of an effective and safe school. We have a number of trained staff and programs, who work with difficult or troubled students before situations get out of hand. Our school provides a secure environment for students and teachers. We believe in the strength of families and promote a family atmosphere within our school. The focus is on achieving a shared vision, and all understand their role in achieving the vision. The focus and vision are developed from common beliefs and values, creating a consistent direction for all involved. To help us with this vision, we have incorporated the Leader in Me program, and we are currently in our second year.