Clay Community Schools exists to meet the individual educational needs of the children of the community by providing a program to develop the skills necessary to pursue post-secondary ambitions including expanded college education, technical training or successful job placement. Graduates of Clay Community Schools will have the capacity to succeed in a global society and to be contributing members of their communities. Clay Community Schools shall develop and maintain a standard of excellence in its educational program by developing highly effective educators who will encourage and have a high level of expectation for each student's performance.
The Clay Community Schools mission of education is to insure that appropriate instruction is given to all students in order that they may realize their potential to function successfully as law-abiding, contributing and participating citizens of our democratic society. The Corporation recognizes that it is entrusted with the most precious and valuable resources of the community, its children, and pledges all means available in providing for their educational welfare. It is concerned with the dignity, integrity, rights and self-esteem of all students so that they may take advantage of all provisions of the Schools regardless of race, creed, sex, economic status, disability, or cultural background. The Corporation is additionally concerned with the total development of each child including social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and artistic development. Children differ from each other in a wide variety of attributes, such as their talents, interests, cultural background, life experiences, abilities, and the rate at which they learn. The Corporation recognizes these individual differences and the importance of relating instruction to each student's achievement, ability, intellectual, social, emotional, physical and creative growth and development. Appropriate provisions shall be made for gifted and talented students as well as those students who experience physical, intellectual, or emotional disabilities. The learning environment must reflect a genuine concern for students as individuals, their problems and needs, and their relationship to others. Order, structure, and discipline are necessary to a feeling of security and a successful climate of learning. This positive climate will allow the individual an optimum opportunity to develop a sense of self-confidence and motivation to learn and succeed. The skills of reading, composition, computation and thinking are basic to the acquisition of knowledge and are of prime concern.