The acknowledgment of the character connection is not unknown within the educational field, but at Flint Hill School, through thoughtful and deliberate choices, a distinct culture has developed.
So often when we talk about Flint Hill School, we make reference to the strong academic program; the growing comprehensive arts offerings; and the competitive, invincible athletic program. Character at Flint Hill School is part of our “quiet curriculum,” and the School's Principles of Ethical Conduct (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Compassion) are evident in everything we do.
In all of our dealings with students, from discussing personal relationships and responsibility, to teaching the Husky Promise in the Lower School and Honor Codes in the Middle and Upper Schools, we focus attention on creating within our youngsters the awareness of knowing what is right. We don’t do this just because it sounds good; we do it because that focus on character is the right thing to do.
As parents and teachers, one of the hardest things that we learn over the years is that character is earned. We’re not born with it, and we can’t give it as a gift. It dominates our decision making, our sense of self worth and, ultimately, our success. It is our role to provide the opportunities and structure so our children can have the healthy experience that allows them to “earn” a sense of character.
The Character Connection at Flint Hill School is a purposeful and interwoven teaching of principles of ethical behavior that allow the academics to soar and life-long skills to flourish.