Profile of a Graduate

The Profile of a Graduate Steering Committee was composed of 28 members, including representation from the Board of Education, parents, students, administrators, teachers,  program coordinators and instructional coaches. 

Through the work of the Steering Committee, the Profile of a Graduate Student Growth Capacities Matrix was developed with the belief that all Daniel Hand High School graduates will be able to:

  • Think critically
  • Think creatively
  • Collaborate/communicate
  • Self-direct
  • Think globally
Profile of a Graduate: Creative thinking, global thinking, critical thinking, self direction and Communication Collaboration
Critical Thinking Creative Thinking Collaboration / Communication Self-Direction Global Thinking


Posing, pursuing, and refining significant questions to deepen understanding about a topic or issue.

Idea Generation

Studying a problem, need or model (mentor text, political piece, documents, art work, etc.) to consider limitations and imagine new solutions/transformations.

Collective Intelligence

Working respectfully and responsibly with others, exchanging and evaluating ideas to achieve a common objective.


Examining current performance critically to identify steps/strategies to persist.


Identify, analyze and contribute to critical issues in society in an ethical and responsible manner.


Examining information /data / evidence from multiple sources to identify possible underlying assumptions, patterns, and relationships in order to make inferences. 


Engaging in a process to refine a product for an intended audience and purpose.

Product Creation

Effectively use a medium to communicate important information.

Decision Making

Make responsible decisions, based on potential outcomes.

Alternate Perspectives

Interprete or critique complementary and competing approaches, experiences, and worldviews in order to develop an empathetic perspective.


Statement of Equal Opportunity

It is the policy of the Board of Education of Madison that no person shall be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of or, be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any educational or employment program or activity because of age, color, marital status, national origin, physical disability, race, creed, or sex.  This policy includes but is not limited to course offerings, athletic programs,  school counseling, and test procedures.  While separation of students in certain specific activities and facilities may be warranted in the best interest of the students' physical or emotional or social well-being, and while unequal aggregate expenditure of funds for members of a particular group of students will not in and of itself constitute a violation of this policy, it is the explicit intent of the Board to provide genuinely equal opportunity for all students in all program areas. The grievance procedure, which will permit students to communicate grievances related to the Title IX Regulations, can be found in the Handbook for Students and Parents.