Phineas Banning High School’s mission encompasses ‘The 4 Whys’-a shared commitment developed collaboratively by teachers and staff:
We believe that education is the pathway for young individuals to evolve into positive influences in society through a passion for learning and the development of shared values.
We share the love of learning to empower students who will advocate for themselves and become well-rounded and successful ... so that they may pay it forward as we are paying it forward.
We are driven by creating an environment of hope and success that supports learning by creating lifelong learners and problem solvers, broadening the student’s experiences and their view of the world, helping students reach their full potential, both personally and academically and by inspiring students to “pay it forward” and give back to the community.
We mentor students to foster a school culture that empowers students to be academically and socially responsible citizens.
Phineas Banning High School students (PBHS) will be effective communicators who have read widely across the academic disciplines and evaluated and interpreted written and media materials throughout a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum by developing the ability to respond appropriately in speaking and writing. The PBHS graduate will be ready for the challenges of ever-changing societal and technological development in which they will utilize critical thinking skills while being able to evaluate and analyze proficiently and solve problems creatively. The PBHS student will utilize technology not only as a communication medium but as a research, presentation, and problem solving medium.
Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLO)
Phineas Banning High School graduates will be
Prepared for post-secondary opportunities
Evidenced by successful completion of required courses with a ‘C’ or better, awareness and understanding of requirements for careers and post-secondary education, the ability to analyze and evaluate data to support decisions, the ability to read, comprehend, and interpret a variety of written materials, and the ability to write and speak effectively using the formal conventions of standard English.
Invested in education and inspired to succeed
Evidenced by excellent attendance and punctuality, the utilization of available support, guidance, and assistance, and participation in experiences beyond the school day such as internships, and extra-curricular activities.
Evidenced by the ability to connect learning and behavior to current and future lives, the ability to think critically which includes asking questions and seeking answers, self-discipline and time management, high expectations for themselves—resulting in intellectual and emotional growth, the application of problem-solving skills and logical-thinking processes to life situations.
Optimistic and Oriented toward goals
Evidenced by respect for self and others, including following school and classroom rules, the ability to collaborate effectively with others, the ability to listen and comprehend oral language, and respond using appropriate language, and the ability to set and implement short-term and long-term goals.
Evidenced by adherence to the LAUSD Acceptable Use Policy with all electronic devices, mastery of the 21st century computer skills including specialized programs (Microsoft Word™, Excel™, PowerPoint™, Publisher™, Google Docs™, etc.), the ability to appropriately use technology in support of learning goals and daily life skills.
Socially Responsible Community Members
As evidenced by community service, tolerance and respect for the diversity of cultures, the ability to set post-secondary educational and vocational goals that have a positive impact, and make healthy life choices for self and the environment.