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About RMHS

Reading Memorial High School

Core Values, Beliefs, and Vision of the Graduate

Portrait of a Graduate

RPS Graduates are leaders of their own learning journey who demonstrate kindness and empathy towards others and a commitment to wellness. They persevere through challenges, embrace multiple perspectives, and aspire to be their best selves in the service of others to better our community and our world.

Learn - Grow - Teach
RPS Graduates are critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. They take ownership of their learning journey and are open to struggle to foster personal growth. They are confident in their beliefs and consider the thoughts and ideas of others. They embrace collaboration to help teach others and remain curious life-long learners.

Empathize - Consider Perspectives - Practice Communal Care
RPS Graduates show kindness and empathy towards others and a commitment to personal wellness and communal care. They are able to persevere through challenges and demonstrate resilience. They authentically reflect through hearing and understanding the experiences, perspectives, and needs of people around them. To navigate relationships with generosity and patience, they listen actively and compassionately.

Engage - Serve - Thrive
RPS Graduates responsibly shape our world through collaboration with their community. They engage with and communicate multiple perspectives; aspire to be their best selves in the service of others in order to thrive, and bring their skills and knowledge to action for the benefit of each other and our world.

Beliefs about Learning and Core Values
The primary goal of Reading Memorial High School is the preparation of students to be literate, skilled, creative, healthy, competent and informed citizens-appreciative of the arts; capable of critical thinking and problem solving; and able to function intellectually, emotionally and physically within a complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.

The Core Values that guide all members of the RMHS Community and all of our actions and decisions are:


As educators, we believe our work centers on the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of intellectual, emotional and physical well-being. We help our students enhance their ability to think by teaching the symbols
and concepts through which thought, and creativity take place, and by developing the skills for using those symbols and concepts. The uses of intelligence with which we are concerned include critical thinking, observing, information gathering, processing and evaluating, listening, logic, computation, oral and written communication, and the application of these skills in decision-making and problem solving. We help our students by imparting knowledge of their bodies and providing opportunities for physical activity.

We believe that a positive learning community:

  • is safe, caring, consistent, fair, flexible, open and democratic.
  • meets the needs of all students through educational programs that promote individual fulfillment in a variety of ways as well as encompasses the complex interdependence of the world and the community.
  • achieves educational excellence in an environment which promotes the free and open exchange of ideas; encourages mutual respect, creative expression and problem-solving skills; fosters human dignity; and recognizes and respects racial, ethnic, cultural and sexual differences.
  • promotes individuality; nurtures self-esteem, health and well-being; and encourages participation in a democratic society.

We believe that the education of our young people is the shared responsibility of the school, student, family and community.

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