It is the mission of the Palos Heights School District 128 to educate all children as individuals, to foster a love of learning, and to prepare children for a responsible and successful future in a diversified world.
- Teaching and learning are ongoing processes.
- Each child can learn and should be encouraged to reach his/her full potential.
- Each child should be encouraged to think critically and creatively.
- Each child is entitled to a well-balanced, quality education that is relevant to today’s society and which will enhance lifelong learning.
- Each person should be valued as an individual and treated with dignity and respect.
- Valuable learning results from both success and failure: therefore, each person should be encouraged to take educational risks regardless of the outcome.
- Schools should provide the opportunity to develop self-confidence and positive interpersonal skills.
- Schools should instill a sense of respect and responsibility for self, others and property.
- Schools should provide a safe, caring and positive environment.
- Home, school and community should work as a team in order to fully benefit each child.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Palos Heights School District 128 is located 15 miles southwest of Chicago. The center of the district boundaries includes the eastern half of Palos Heights and portions of Alsip and Crestwood. The district comprises four square miles. There are ~700 students with moderate student growth expected. The students attend the following schools: Indian Hill Early Learning Center (Preschool-K) Chippewa (1-3), Navajo Heights (4-5), and Independence Junior High (6-8). There are four principals, 60 teachers, and 40 support staff.