“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Glen Urquhart School is committed to the ongoing process of building and sustaining an inclusive and respectful community and culture. The School strives to provide an educational experience free from prejudice. We seek to achieve this goal through better understanding and honoring of diversity in its many forms, including those of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family structure, and physical and learning abilities. Active commitment to this ideal is fundamental to the School’s mission to encourage children, as well as all members of the school community, to respect the rights of all people and value their differences.
Strong character development begins in Kindergarten on day one. Every GUS teacher is trained in Wellesley College’s Open Circle or Developmental Designs Responsive Classroom curriculum. Just as children need to be taught algebra and chemistry, they also need a very deliberate education in being good human beings, compassionate members of their community, and responsible citizens of the planet. We know our students become good people because we work hard to make sure they understand what that means and why it is important. We do this in the same way we do everything—by weaving our lessons into many areas of school life: social service, community partners, advisory groups, Life Skills classes, and our academic program.