Our Statement of Purpose>>
includes our intention to "provide an orderly atmosphere to attain these goals." In other words, we expect students to behave in such a way as to foster classical and Christian learning. Parents and students must sign the Statement of Purpose on a yearly basis.
We believe that God expects parents to discipline their children so that they may share in God's nature. Parents have delegated this responsiblity to school personnel during the school day, so when they are in our care, we govern our students as the representative of the parent, lovingly but firmly. For that reason we also expect parents to discipline their children at home and to support the goals of the school in this area.
Our goal is to teach students to be self-disciplined, by helping them understand that they are first responsible to God, then to parents, then to teachers. This self-discipline should be evident whether or not teachers are present, and it should extend to a student's behavior in the school building, on the grounds, on school buses and at school-sponsored activities in the community.
In the Lower School (grades K-6), students use a system of color-coded cards. If a child turns a red card (third infraction in a day) he or she is sent to the Headmaster.
In the Upper School, students are subject to a demerit system which involves fines after the fifth demerit.
Students who are unable to govern themselves at school are dealt with over a period of time by involving parents and Headmaster, and are liable to suspension or expulsion. These instances are very rare, and generally we find that students respond extremely well to our expectations for conduct, because we are working so closely with parents.