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Park County School District #1
Driven by Excellence

Our Philosophy

We take our responsibility to prepare Park County School District #1 students for their future very seriously. We recognize that aside from the home, we play a key, critical role in the development and education of tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, decision makers, and caregivers. We want our students to be ready for and have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and educational goals—because their success is our success.

Our Community

PCSD #1 is located in northwest Wyoming, bordered by Montana on the north and Yellowstone Park on the west. Our district boundaries encompass slightly over 1,400 square miles.

We have seven attendance centers including: Clark Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, Powell Middle School, Powell High School, and Shoshone Learning Center. With the exception of Clark Elementary (located in the community of Clark), all are within the city limits of Powell.


As a learning community, we inspire, engage, and prepare all students.


Empowered with knowledge, skills, and empathy, all students grow, achieve, and succeed.


Goal 1: We will create a positive, healthy, and engaged learning community that improves student performance and fuels success.

  • All schools will meet or exceed targets as measured by the state accountability report.
  • All schools with train staff to fully implement the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model, and use student outcomes to drive teaching and learning.
  • The district will provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.
  • The district will provide quality social, emotional, mental, and physical support for all students.

Goal 2: We will ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in activities and programs that enhance the classroom learning experience.

  • The district will provide all students with opportunities for cooperative learning and collaboration through relevant hands-on activities.
  • The district will provide varied choices in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs to increase student engagement.
  • The district will commit to and maintain a culture of growth and student success.
  • The district will promote internal and external communication to all stakeholders.

Goal 3: All schools will prepare good citizens who are ready for their futures.

  • All staff will incorporate the attributes of effective collaboration, communication, problem solving, and self-advocacy to improve those skills in all students.
  • All students will learn and exhibit social skills and positive character traits through a systematic approach.
  • All schools will promote service to our community and real-world learning experiences.


Communication: We communicate frequently to convey expectations, provide information, and promote positive outcomes. We engage in authentic dialogue, speaking forthrightly, listening carefully, and seeking clarity as we strive for understanding with student success as our focus.

Commitment: We are devoted to our vision, individually and as a team, to do what must be done, when it should be done, and how it should be done. We see things through from start to finish.

Vision: We value innovation and incorporate progressive thinking in all that we do. We take pride in creating the future through thorough investigation to foster success.

Passion: We believe in sharing an intense interest in a common purpose that promotes a contagious environment for learning.

Compassion: We take time for others, which means listening, sharing, nurturing, empathizing, and sympathizing. We value individual differences, fostering an appreciation for global diversity.

Integrity: We are always honest, loyal, respectful, and trustworthy.

Collaboration: We are committed to working together to enhance student learning, through a cooperative and mutually accountable effort, without prejudice or personal agendas.

Mutual Trust: We are dedicated to promoting relationships of trust and respect. We believe in sharing perspectives and valuing all viewpoints while treating everyone in a kind and professional manner.