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Our Mission

A Stowe student of color holds up a large yellow leaf she found while smiling.

Duluth Public Schools is working to inspire every student to achieve their potential and preparing students to lead productive, fulfilling lives as citizens of Duluth and the wider world. 


We will build on our shared beliefs and values of unity, high achievement and responsible use of resources to create Duluth Public Schools and classrooms that are safe, supportive and inclusive. Working together as educators, parents and citizens, we can make a difference for every student, every day.

Strategic Plan

Duluth Public Schools launched a comprehensive strategic planning process on April 25, 2022. The overall process and strategic plan were created with input from Duluth Public Schools students, staff, families and community members focused on future system-wide enhancements to improve outcomes for students. 

The district engaged with TeamWorks International on the strategic planning process. TeamWorks uses a process called "classroom to boardroom," which if you have been through a traditional planning process, this process is in reverse, or upside down, in that we started with the classroom and end up at the boardroom. Once the planning process is complete, we have a clear and unified vision of the district's purpose and how to work together to bring about our desired outcomes and our core values.

A Denfeld football player breaks a Rock Ridge tackle has he runs the ball down the field
Four Congdon first graders, three girls and one boy, work on coding a mouse during library time.
Duluth East student dressed and Ariel sings on stage in the production of %22The Little Mermaid%22
Three Myers-Wilkins kindergarteners and their teacher search for veggies in the school garden.

Core Values

Equity:  Creating conditions of justice, fairness and inclusion so all students have access to the opportunities to learn and develop to their fullest potential.

Belonging:  Providing a welcoming and accessible environment where everyone feels safe, seen and heard.

Accountability:  Taking responsibility for our actions and results.

Integrity:  Doing the right thing with honesty and authenticity.

Respect:   Honoring the dignity of every person.

Excellence:  Having high standards for self and others.

Collaboration:  Working in partnership with staff, families, students and community.

Courage:  Willing to do hard things with a grateful heart.

Responsibility:  Being accountable for our actions and results.

Learning:  Developing a love of learning through life-long inquiry.

Desired Daily Experiences