Hopkins is committed to creating scholars of the world who are confident and academically competent, who are critical thinkers and problem solvers, who are globally minded and empathetic toward others’ unique and diverse perspectives and beliefs.
We are creating a better world by inspiring each student to reach their full potential.
Hopkins Vision 2031 is a vision of innovation created with the core belief that every student deserves a brilliant future. It is the result of multiple avenues of feedback designed to find out what our community, staff, and students think a world-class education should look like and what traits each student in the graduating class of 2031 should have.
The process to affirm community values is an important component to the visioning process. Thousands of sources of stakeholder and community feedback were used to inform Vision 2031, including: staff survey responses, student outreach interviews with community members, School Board listening sessions at local parks, staff strategic visioning sessions, digital surveys, and strategic focus teams.
Inventing a Bold New Educational Model in Hopkins
Hopkins Public Schools has a long history of innovation, excellence, and above all, doing what is right for students. This foundation is the perfect springboard for us to build a new model of education — one that puts students at the center of their learning.
Moving forward does not mean that we will forget who we are, but rather that we acknowledge that change is necessary if we want our students to have the skills they will need to be successful.
Different Results Require a Different Design
If we desire to move Hopkins from Great to World Class and eradicate predictable outcomes from our achievement results, our work begins with rejecting structures and practices that inherently sort, exclude, and privilege. This work is not impossible. We imagine a school system that promises a brilliant future for all students, regardless of their race, gender, culture, or economic status.
Hopkins will become the first district to close the achievement gap.
Prepare Students for the Future — Not the Past
The current school structure was based on a system from the early 20th century. It was designed to prepare students for industrial work, an industry that will be nearly unrecognizable by the year 2031.
We must reimagine and rebuild a new educational model that prepares our students for the future — not the past.
Our students and their needs will guide us as we transform our District to a place where every student can reach their full potential.
Step outside Alice Smith Elementary and you’ll find outdoor innovation!
Two second-grade teachers at Eisenhower Community School, Spanish Immersion, and XinXing Academy — Lisa Hake and Abby Larson — created a pilot outdoor immersion classroom where the entire learning day is spent outside.
Students from the first XinXing Academy kindergarten class in 2007 graduate from high school.
The transition to Distance Learning took outside-the-box thinking, dedication, and creativity.
Preparing our students for the future requires a bold transformation to both the learning model and the student environment.
The future our children will enter presents opportunities that we have not yet experienced. What do we need to do now to prepare our students and our learning spaces for the future? Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed explores the possibilities in this column.
The project-based learning class at Hopkins High School hosted a conference to gather student input around seven topics.
Dolls in kindergarten classroom wear hijabs too. Hopkins teacher Kate Marston received dolls from community group who sewed the clothing.
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed explains what will not be changing as we work through our Vision 2031 Roadmap.