Ethical Education in the Upper School
We prepare our graduates to depart Rowland Hall as good people, fueled by passion, guided by values, and dedicated to making the world a better place.
Upper schoolers are expected to behave with self-discipline, drive, and grit, as well as consistently live the principles of fairness, empathy, integrity, and altruism. Recognition of good character occurs daily at school, whether celebrating students' acts of kindness, engaging with guest speakers, or talking about the values we embrace as a community.
- Service Learning
- Community Engagement
- Project Action
- Guest Speakers
Through the entirety of the Upper School's curriculum, students broaden their understanding of the historical arc of ethical paradigms in order to internalize thoughtful decision making. A required world religions/ethics class explores the history and traditions of faith.
Active participation in the larger community is a major focus in the Upper School. Students lead and participate in all-school efforts as well as service-learning units related to classroom curricula, and volunteer their service to nonprofit organizations as members of our extracurricular service clubs. Service learning, which includes a reflection component, is designed to supplement and enrich their academic studies.
Through Project Action, students identify a local need for which they feel passion, then devote at least 25 hours to one organization whose mission it is to address that need. The culmination of the project results in an essay which allows students to reflect on their experience and the difference they made in the community. Twenty-five hours of service made between the sophomore and senior year are required for graduation. Exemplary projects make a student eligible to receive a Community Builder distinction at graduation. View a list of organizations students often choose to work with.
The Upper School gathers once a month for chapel, broadening understanding of the practices and philosophies of many world religions. Monthly chapels celebrate World Food Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, the Jewish High Holy Days, Christmas, St. Mark’s Day, and Ramadan. Rowland Hall is an independent school that offers a universal and inclusive message about many of the world's faiths and beliefs.
Rowland Hall strives to graduate good citizens, not just students well-prepared for college. Concepts such as character, service, ethics, and community matter here. From the earliest grades through senior year, we stress the need to lead by example and have a positive influence on the lives of others.