To develop the capacity to apprehend and practice the basic virtues.
To develop the talent to think clearly, independently and courageously.
To develop the talent to understand the views of others and express one’s own views effectively.
To develop competence for suitable occupation.
To develop good health.
To develop aptitudes for recreation.
To develop characteristics for happy family relations.
To develop good citizenship.
To develop the concept that education is a continuing process beyond the school.
Department of Education – 1940 
 See http://ddsb.durham.edu.on.ca/Pdf/Communications/Durham_Directions_2009_web.pdf for The Durham District School Board’s Strategic Directions for 2009-2013