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The Vision Areas


The visioning process engaged thousands of stakeholders, including students, families, staff, businesses, community members, and philanthropic leaders.

1,450+ Community members; 90 Guiding Coalition members; 550+ Students; 54+ Targeted Community engagement sessions; 3 Surveys

The data generated in these meetings were analyzed and synthesized. After a series of draft ideas were vetted with various stakeholders, additional inputs, comments, and feedback were iterated* upon to develop these vision elements.

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Vision 2035 Comprises Four Main Areas

The Core Values

Express the principles that guide the school district’s actions in realizing the vision.

The Graduate Portrait

Envisions the outcomes for students—the community’s aspirations for what graduates will know, be, and be able to do to thrive in their lives and careers.

The Adult Portrait

Articulates the qualities that the adults working in the school district will exhibit to promote each student’s journey toward realizing the Graduate Portrait.

The System Portrait

Focuses on creating the conditions that will enable Santa Clara Unified School District students and adults to thrive and grow, guided by the core values.

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The critical role of every school system is to engage students here and now, while preparing them to thrive in their lives and careers. However, the task of preparing our young people for the future is not ours alone.

This vision for our students will only succeed if we work together as a community. This vision is an audacious* call-to-action to support the students of Santa Clara Unified School District. It is written in present tense, as if it has already been realized, to give a sense of what the future it describes might feel like.