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Mission & Beliefs

The mission of the Camas School District is to provide students with the ability to communicate effectively, use technology, reason, be self-confident, possess mental and physical health, and work effectively with others. In broader terms, our mission is to create a learning community where staff, students, and citizens are involved jointly in the advancement of knowledge and personal growth.

“Camas Schools… a Tradition of Caring and Quality”

What we believe about education

We believe that each student has worth and dignity as a human being and deserves to be treated with respect in every situation.

We believe that effective education results from a cooperative effort of community members, parents, students, and staff.

We believe it is the school’s responsibility to provide varied, wide-open channels for communication among parents, community members, students and staff.

We believe students will do what is expected of them and will work to improve if consistently confronted with high expectations by adults who demonstrate true caring.

We believe that modeling is a powerful educational tool. We teach academic and behavioral excellence by demonstrating high quality performance.

We believe school must be a joyful place. Everyone works hard at being the best that they can be. Students laugh and smile, secure in knowing what is expected of them. The climate is happy and satisfying to all concerned.

Every effort is made to ensure that all employment decisions are administered in accordance with the principles of equal opportunity. The Camas School District #117 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Rita Pakenen,, Title IX and Compliance Coordinator; and Dana Lighty, Both may be contacted at 360-335-3000 or 841 NE 22nd Avenue, Camas, WA 98607.
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