As an emerging professional learning community, The Dearborn Academy takes a proactive role in the education of all its students. The primary focus is on the end result as the intellectual growth of all students is nurtured. Integrated and cross-disciplinary learning experiences are carefully designed so that students must use and build conceptual understanding of academic content and social development. Students are encouraged to use higher level thinking skills and to apply problem-solving skills in their daily learning experiences at school. When students do not learn, timely systematic interventions are applied to prevent failure. All students are required to be active participants in their learning process. All educators are required to be proactive in their approach to continually assess student learning and respond with interventions when necessary.