Our Mission and Core Value

About Us

The International High School @ Prospect Heights opened its doors in September of 2004 to serve a multilingual student population of recent immigrants by fostering their academic, cognitive, social, cultural, and emotional growth.  Our students become proficient at understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in English through language-rich, student-centered learning experiences inside and outside of school. Students, staff, and families collaborate to create a school environment that promotes cooperation, cross-cultural interaction, appreciation of diversity, and focuses on academic, social and emotional well-being of each student. Our work is grounded in our school mission and core values and supported by our instructional model and advisory program.

School Mission

The International High School @ Prospect Heights opened its doors in September of 2004 to serve a multilingual student population of recent immigrants by fostering their academic, cognitive, social, cultural, and emotional growth.  Our students become proficient at understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in English through language-rich, student-centered learning experiences inside and outside of school. Students, staff, and families collaborate to create a school environment that promotes cooperation, cross-cultural interaction, appreciation of diversity, and focuses on academic, social and emotional well-being of each student. Our work is grounded in our school mission and core values and supported by our instructional model and advisory program.

Our Core Values

The Core Values affirmed here are the result of a collaboration of our students, families, and staff, to outline the values that guide our school community.

How do our Core Values guide our community?

Our Core Values inform our approach to our teaching, our social emotional learning, our collaborations within our school and with our community partners, our family engagement and our role as advocates for our students and families.

Core Values

  • Collaboration
    Collaboration is the way we learn, work, and strengthen our community of families and educators together. We believe that when we collaborate, we build trust. We believe that through collaboration, we learn more about each other and the world around us than we would alone. We believe that when we collaborate, we overcome challenges in ways we could not alone.
  • Creativity
    Creativity is how we express our ideas, our learning and our vision for a more just world. Creativity opens our minds and enables us to fully express our unique existences and experiences, making connections and meaning among people who represent more than 40 countries and languages.
  • Diversity
    Diversity is our different cultures, languages, homes, talents, struggles and identities. It is our source of strength, giving us power to deepen our learning, to broaden our understanding of ourselves, our community and the world and to free ourselves and others from ig
  • Equity
    Equity is meeting our community’s individual and collective needs for the present and the future. Equity requires justice -- justice that builds and restores people and structures. We aim to be a community that is equitable and empowers us to fight for equity and justice in the world.
  • Growth
    Growth is the way that everyone in our community is changing, growing, developing and discovering in mind, body and spirit. We nourish our minds, bodies and spirits to promote the health and safety of our school community. Growth empowers us to overcome the challenges we face.
  • Learning
    Growth is the way that everyone in our community is changing, growing, developing and discovering in mind, body and spirit. We nourish our minds, bodies and spirits to promote the health and safety of our school community. Growth empowers us to overcome the challenges we face.