Portrait of a Graduate


    The district has made a decision to move the Design Team work to later this spring. However, to provide the community with a preview of the work to be done for the Portrait of a Graduate, we have scheduled two community sessions in January. These sessions will start our community conversations around how rapidly our world is changing and why our school system must change with it. It will set the stage for developing a shared vision in our Portrait of a Graduate later this spring.

    The sessions will explore the following questions:

    • What are the hopes, dreams, and aspirations that our community has for our young people? 

    • What are the skills and mindsets that our children need for success in this rapidly changing and complex world? 

    • What are the implications for the design of the learning experiences—and equitable access to those experiences—we provide in our school systems? 

    The session dates and locations are as follows:

    • Wednesday, January 17th at 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. at Newton North

    • Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Newton South

    Because these sessions are different from the Design Team, you can choose to attend just one. Please RSVP using this Google Form - POG January Community Session RSVP


    Below is background information on the Portrait of a Graduate process that will begin later this spring:

    What is the Portrait of a Graduate?

    Newton Public Schools is in the process of developing our Portrait of a Graduate. What is a Portrait of a Graduate? It is a collective vision that articulates our community’s aspirations for ALL of our students. This is a first step in framing a clear vision for our school system.

    Who will develop it?

    The Portrait will be developed by the community in the form of a “Portrait Design Team.” The design team will include individuals across and throughout Newton. The team will consist of approximately 50 percent community members and 50 percent NPS educators. 

    While the design team will lead the process, feedback and information will be sought from the entire community in the form of surveys and community sessions.

    Our Portrait of a Graduate will serve as the North Star for our schools, bringing our community together with a shared vision. It will be locally developed and globally positioned with a shared aspiration that all of our students have an educational experience that prepares them to be lifelong learners and contributors.

    We look forward to your participation!

Portrait of a Graduate Design Team

Portrait of a Graduate Design Team

Mission of the Newton Public Schools

  • To educate, prepare, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners, thinkers, and productive contributors to our global society.

Systemwide Goals

  • Each year, the district identifies goals for the school year. These goals are developed by the superintendent and reviewed by the School Committee. Below you will find the systemwide goals approved by the School Committee for the 2022-23 school year.

Core Values

  • The following Core Values are guiding principles for the Newton Public Schools (NPS). These values represent how we want to “live” within our school communities. Core Values are for children and adults to embrace, internalize, model and live by. They are an expression of what is deep and enduring in our school system.

    Excellence: We will

    • Set high expectations and standards for all students and staff
    • Educate the whole child by striving for excellence in academic, artistic, physical, interpersonal and vocational pursuits
    • Inspire a lifelong love of learning in students and staff

    Innovation: We will

    • Be a recognized leader in education and curriculum development
    • Foster inventiveness, open-mindedness, critical thinking, creativity and collaborative problem-solving in our students and staff
    • Continuously assess and improve our teaching and learning

    Respect: We will

    • Create an environment where everyone feels known, safe, and valued
    • Recognize the uniqueness and dignity of individuals of differing races, religions, classes, ethnicities, sexual orientations, learning styles and abilities (Statement of Values and Commitment to Racial Equity)
    • Build upon the strengths of our diverse community

    Responsibility: We will

    • Foster an environment in which all students and adults take responsibility for their individual and collective behavior
    • Create a culture of collaboration, collegiality and honest communication
    • Cultivate citizens who contribute to and care about their community and the world