Garden School Mission Statement
“Garden School, in the independent tradition, affirms the primacy of learning.
We empower every student in our educationally diverse community
to meet responsibly the challenges of everyday life
by promoting academic achievement, personal development and social involvement.
We further believe that by recognizing each student’s individual identity,
Garden School fosters the self-worth necessary to succeed.”
Character EducationGarden School’s mission includes a commitment to promoting the personal development of every student. Founded by parents almost 100 years ago, Garden has always understood that our families are integral to bringing the mission of the school to life. The more collaborative this community is, the more cohesive and authentic the students’ education will be. As a school of just over than 300 students, our strength lies in how our close community ties support the professional relationships between parents, teachers, and students. These connections allow each student’s academic and personal potential to be maximized by acknowledging and addressing them as individual learners. A well-supported and confident student is likely to persevere through academic challenges, involve themselves in school life, try new activities, and develop new interests and stronger friendships. In this respect, Garden’s culture operates as its own character program. Students learn the value of good character by participating in the daily life of the school, and in the class groups, organizations, clubs, teams, service projects, meals, special events, trips and the richness of a Garden School education.
Our Character Education ProgramTo support strong character further, the Character Education Program was created to provide age-appropriate activities to be completed as a whole school, by division, grade, class, families and as individuals. Activities are designed around these four values:
IndependenceAs a school, we spend a portion of each week using one of these values for an entire quarter to focus and guide our reflection, activities and work. The Character Curriculum is supported by the Character Committee, made up of teachers representing all divisions.