Portrait of a Graduate

POGPortrait of a Graduate is a collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students. 

Lead
Our students will set an example for others to follow by thinking critically, solving problems, and communicating effectively.

Care
Our students will show care for themselves, others, and their community by displaying empathy, compassion, and respect.

Contribute
Our students will contribute to their classrooms, schools, communities, and the world by being self-directed, productive, and accountable.


How did we get here?

In 2019 a team of educators and administrators came together to form our Portrait of a Graduate team. They focused their work around a common question.

What qualities are most important for a successful graduate of the Appleton Area School District?

To ensure success for Every Student, Every Day in the Appleton Area School District, our Portrait of a Graduate brings clarity to what our community values most as outcomes of the Early Childhood through Grade 12 educational experience. We believe that graduates of the AASD should possess certain qualities that will ensure that they are college, career, and community ready. 

After conversations, surveys and interviews with students, staff, parents and community members, nine attributes rose to the top. The team then organized those attributes into three key themes - They are Lead, Care, Contribute

When we say Lead, we mean that all AASD students will lead by example through critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. #AASDLeads

When we say Care, we mean that all AASD students will show care for themselves, others, and their community through empathy, compassion, and respect. #AASDCares

When we say Contribute, we mean that all AASD students will contribute to their classrooms, schools, and communities through self-direction, productivity, and accountability. #AASDContributes