101.00 – Educational Philosophy of the School District

As a school corporation of Iowa, the Colfax-Mingo Community School District, acting through its Board of Directors, is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for quality public education to its students within the limitations of the school district’s ability and willingness to furnish financial support. The district shall provide for students in cooperation with their parents and the school district community, the opportunity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance to and encourages critical thinking in the students for a lifetime. The Board endeavors through the dedication of the school district’s resources, to encourage students, who come to the school district from a variety of backgrounds, to look forward to the time when they will have jobs, homes, families, places in the school district community, and attain recognition as individuals. In order to achieve this goal, the Board will seek qualified employees dedicated to the development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program and for the expertise for educational productivity. Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of public education. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will assist the students’ preparation for life shall be instructed as part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum. The school district strives to prepare students for employment, to discover and nurture creative talent, and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning. The support and involvement of the home and the school district community are essential to achieve educational excellence in the school district. The school district strives to maintain an active relationship with the home and the school district community to create within the students an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility, and respect for authority.

Legal Reference: Iowa Code 256.11,.11A;275.1 (1995)

Date of Adoption: February 2, 1998

Reviewed and Revised: February 5, 2001; May21, 2001; March 7, 2006; January 19, 2015; December 21, 2020

101.01 – Objectives of Education in Colfax-Mingo Community School District

The Colfax-Mingo Community School District is looked upon as an ever-changing social community where young people live. Here they are provided opportunities to determine and to work toward goals that are purposeful and significant to them. They are given experience, which is designed to develop their talents and characteristics, which are essential to wholesome child life. The subject matter is thought of in terms of units of living and learning. We believe that in every experience the whole child must be considered; the mental, physical, moral, spiritual, emotional, and social being. In teaching, as in parenthood, we must start where the child is. We must provide challenges for the child according to his/her abilities. 

We should not expect all children to develop at the same rate. The school program must be adjusted to the child’s needs, interests, abilities, and rate of growth.

  1. Objectives of Human Relationships – to develop in children attitudes and proficiencies for wholesome human relationships. 
  2. Objectives of Self-Realization – that our children may become all that their talents promise for them. 
  3. Objectives of Civic Responsibility – that our children may learn that liberty with security demands civic responsibility. 
  4. Objectives of Economic Efficiency – that young people may acquire a sense of economic accountability and productive efficiency. 

In keeping with the educational objectives of the Colfax-Mingo Community School District, an effort will be made to assess the needs of the district. The needs assessment will be accomplished through input from students, staff, school board members, and members of the community.

Reviewed/Revised: August 1, 1995; December 1, 1997; May 21, 2001; March 7, 2006; January 19, 2015; December 21, 2020

101.02 – Vision


WHERE students will be safe, comfortable, and respected by faculty and fellow students. 

WHERE the rigor of our curriculum will challenge students to achieve at their full potential on each level of their learning process. 

WHERE our faculty is committed to developing long-term mentoring relationships with their students.

Mission Statement: “To promote a community that fosters life-long learners, independent thinkers, and productive citizens of character.” 


Date of Adoption: December 1, 1997

Reviewed & Revised: May 21, 2001; May 1, 2006; January 19, 2015; December 21, 2020