The Mission of Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice (NMSSJ) is to equip our students with the academic and social emotional skills they will need to not only be college and career ready, but to also be committed to social justice and improving their communities and this nation. Graduates of Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice will be critical, analytical and independent thinkers that will be lifelong learners who have an awareness of, as well as a dedication to their own cultures and the cultures of others.
NMSSJ is organized around the conviction that our school community should be open to ALL students, regardless of the educational or personal history. NMSSJ, like all EPIC schools, is dedicated to improving the outcomes of students of color; with a focus on young men of color. Our school community will be guided by the concept that college should be encouraged for ALL our students, and therefore every student should be thoroughly prepared for this challenge with a rigorous academic program. NMSSJ school community will be a culturally relevant and responsive environment that is nurturing and safe and that supports the educational success and social, emotional, and physical development of all learners. Our courses will be academically rigorous, engaging, and standards-based, with a focus on our students achieving mastery of the skills they will need to be college and career ready.
Through the use of restorative practice learner, trust, a strong and effective involvement of families, collaboration and student empowerment, NMSSJ school community will seek to stem the tide of the over suspension of young people of color, and therefore help to eliminate the school to prison pipeline.