Welcome to the Livingston Public Schools!
We, the Livingston School district, believe that every child has the ability to learn and the right to an education. Each child brings to the educational process his or her unique interests, abilities, and talents. Children learn and grow best in an atmosphere that is open, nurturing, and responsive to their needs. The purpose of the Livingston School District is to provide an educational environment that affords students opportunities to acquire competencies that will serve them as individuals and as members of society. This environment promotes the development of ethical values and decision-making abilities so that our students can be meaningful contributors to society and lead personally satisfying lives. It fosters the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, cultural, and aesthetic development of our students.
A sound education prepares each child for the varied roles to be assumed throughout life. Since family patterns are becoming increasingly fluid and complex, each student needs to understand family roles and relationships and act as an effective family member through learning cooperation, empathy, decision making, and responsibility. These family attributes should be extended to society as well. By understanding the form and function of the economic system and the importance of the individual’s role in it, the student will become a responsible producer and a discriminating consumer. To be an effective citizen, each student must understand political principles and processes and acquire the individual and group decision-making skills necessary to adapt to our complex, rapidly-changing technological society.
In order to function successfully in this society, students must acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills, and apply both to lifelong experiences. Learning to think begins with the acquisition and application of basic skills as well as knowledge of the physical, biological, and social sciences. Skillful thinking enables students to solve problems and communicate effectively. This foundation of knowledge and skills supports and enhances students’ ability to prepare for and be successful in a career. Learning in all areas can be stimulated and reinforced by exploration and appreciation of experiences in the creative arts. Knowledge and skills cannot be isolated from attitudes and behavior patterns. All of these are critical to students’ awareness of their own physical capabilities and the acquisition of a sense of responsibility for personal and public health. The educational process must be complemented by a love of learning which encourages life-long growth.