175多年来, Boys' Latin School has been instilling the core values of courage, integrity and 同情 in each boy as embodied in our motto, Esse Quam Videri(即将成为, 而不是看起来). Now, more than ever, we understand the importance of character education.
We purposefully keep our core values in the forefront of all that we do. Whether you are working on friendships while working on math problems or earning 尊重 regardless if you earn a win, you will be learning – 并获得ing – the rewards of doing what’s difficult. 和什么是对的.
In the lower school, boys are taught to identify and practice values. Each grade takes on a value at the beginning of the year—integrity, 同情, 团队合作, 尊重, 等.—which is then woven throughout the curriculum and activities outside the classroom. The culmination of character education in the lower school comes in fifth grade. 五年级学生, who focus on the School’s motto, Esse Quam Videri—To Be Rather Than To Seem, ask themselves big questions like, Who is your authentic self? 你的信仰是什么? Knowing yourself is a lifelong pursuit. On Lake Avenue, boys start in kindergarten.
The middle school years can be a particularly challenging time for boys, but we have found that this provides incredible opportunities for growth. During dedicated middle school advisory time, teachers work closely with students to tackle difficult subjects in a caring manner, engaging in lessons focused on social and emotional learning. These workshops focus on several topics, such as mindsets and goals, 价值观和关系, coping skills and friendship and peer conflict.
在高中的时候, we purposefully keep our values in the forefront of all that we do, and students are challenged to think beyond themselves. Through freshman advisory sessions and the sophomore seminar program, boys explore topics such as leadership skills, wellness and building community in a free-flowing exchange of ideas. Juniors and seniors participate in reflective retreats designed to deepen connections and build empathy. 和 boys have the opportunity to exercise their values as leaders, such as the student Honor Board and the student-created Senior Counsel, whose purpose is to support underclassmen in navigating life in the upper school.