The philosophy of Phenix City Intermediate School is founded on the belief that each scholar can learn and has the fundamental right to an environment conducive to the best possible education. PCIS believes that scholars learn best when there is an invested partnership between the home, school and community. Scholars should feel that their teachers and parents are supporting their academic efforts. PCIS must work closely with the parent to ensure that each scholar is hearing the same message about the importance of his/her education. Educating our scholars is a full time responsibility that does not end when the scholar leaves the school building. This means that the school team must listen carefully to the parent and community stakeholders to understand the expectations of the home and community, and to ensure that the parent and community understand and share the mission of the school team.
Scholars learn best when they are actively involved in their own learning. They need opportunities to manipulate their own environment, explore alternatives, and be challenged with interesting problems. They need to be actively engaged in making sense of the information provided them; they cannot be passive receivers of information if they are to truly learn.
Scholars must develop the ability to communicate through both oral and written language, and to compute. They must then learn how to observe, consider, and synthesize information using continuous learning strategies. Such learning strategies include, but are not limited to, problem-solving skills, the ability to use critical and creative thinking skills, and the ability to access and use information. Once these basics are established, our scholars will be prepared for learning in any environment with any discipline.
Phenix City Intermediate School must be an organization that fosters trust and belief in self for each member of our team, each parent, and each scholar. Each member of our community must have high expectations for success for himself as well as for the rest of the community. The organization must be filled with growth-oriented faculty and staff that is constantly open to change in order to match the complexities and expectations of the society in which we live.
It is the general belief that when opportunities arise, the school, home, and community should work together in the educational process to create in the scholar a desire for learning. Emphasis on the necessity of learning in order to cope with the diverse and complex problems of daily living is an integral part of the educational process.