At Deer Park Schools, we believe that the goal of learning is understanding. All students must have equal access to a clearly articulated curriculum while engaging in inquiry, exploration, discovery, application, and reflection. Effective learning activities that lead to deeper understandings begin with clear goals and are designed to capitalize upon strengths while addressing the needs of individual students. Learning begins with the acquisition of knowledge and skills. This base of understanding extends itself in a safe and vibrant learning community. Such an environment affords and promotes risk-taking, fosters continual dialogue, and promotes the ever-critical problem-solving. Such is the setting and process of a 21st century learner. The true evidence and measure of success is a student’s ability to apply what is learned in the classroom to authentic purposes and real-life situations.