PPS Graduate Profile
Pittsburgh Public Schools’ future-ready graduates are lifelong learners who are academically prepared, fundamentally capable, and globally and civically engaged to complete a two- or four-year college degree or workforce certification and can contribute to the local and global community.
Guiding Belief Statements
- All students can achieve.
- The core work of the district is to ensure that all students are prepared to be life-long learners in college, career, and the local and global community.
- We can raise the achievement of all of our students and eliminate racial disparities.
- All students will have equitable access to effective teachers, rigorous, culturally-relevant, and high quality curriculum.
- The curriculum and instruction will include rich and differentiated learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
- Academic and non-academic skills and knowledge contribute to student character, integrity, and success.
- Inclusion of parents and the community is a critical component to the success of our students.
Academically Prepared Knowledge in Content
- Engage in a continuum of learning across a broad curriculum, including areas of interest and passion.
- Attain the core knowledge and competencies needed to meet or exceed college and career standards.
- Apply acquired knowledge and skills as deep thinkers and engage in real-world situations, solve problems, and create new knowledge.
- Experience internships, service-learning and career fields, post-secondary options of interest, and develop interviewing skills.
Financial, Foundational, and Technology Literate
- Understand personal financial responsibilities and actions.
- Make responsible financial plans and decisions.
- Use communication and technological skills and social awareness to present themselves in a variety of formats—through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and artistic expression.
- Use digital media and technology to communicate, solve problems, synthesize information and create new knowledge.
- Manage digital identity thoughtfully and ethically.
- Engage in research to generate original ideas and critique the ideas of others.
- Research to locate information, explore opportunities and deepen understanding.
- Be resourceful and look for multiple perspectives and sources of information.
- Think critically by using reason and analysis to solve problems, make decisions, and draw conclusions.
- Seek and question new knowledge and information to confront emerging challenges and be flexible and adaptable.
- Demonstrate perseverance when tackling complex problems to reach a solution.
- Engage in problem-solving.
- Act on intellectual curiosity by questioning assumptions and evaluating information and perspectives.
- Approach situations with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Effective Communicators and Collaborators
- Use effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills.
- Collaborate with peers and adults in a variety of settings beyond the classroom and for a variety of purposes.
- Persist in challenging or adverse situations, to achieve goals, and learn from experiences.
- Practice self-efficacy by accepting and embracing failure to elevate.
- Listen to other perspectives to balance ideas and reach positive solutions.
- Examine multiple solutions through abstract thinking.
Globally and Civically Engaged
Personally and Socially Grounded
- Demonstrate a strong sense of purpose of self—believe they have purpose and value; have confidence in their abilities, potential, and agency.
- Exercise emotional intelligence to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions.
- Handle interpersonal relationships thoughtfully and with empathy.
- Create a safe environment.
Committed to Social Justice
- Understand matters of equity, race, and diversity in the world and the community. They will be unrelenting and focused in their pursuit of the elimination of such inequities.
- Advocate for themselves and on behalf of their communities and others.
- Possess the skills to navigate the critical conversations that. precede social change and understand different methods for pursuing social justice.
- Exhibit knowledge of the core principles of democracy and participate and guard civic engagement.
- Exercise cultural humility.
- Demonstrate compassion and cultural awareness for others.
- Study and appreciate cultures outside of their own.