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 School students 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.
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.
Through Service Learning
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 Community Engagement
Recent service activities include the Upper School’s annual Half Day/Whole Heart, October food drive, Thanksgiving and Christmas food giveaways with Crossroads Urban Center, and tree planting with the Utah Conservancy. No other school in Utah donates more time to community service than Rowland Hall.
Through Project Action
Juniors, through Project Action, 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 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.
Student-led service clubs such as Amnesty International, the Environs Club, Interact, and world-language clubs constantly seek and sponsor service-oriented projects that are open to all Upper School students.
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 Jr. 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.
Cross-cultural competency is acquired through learning to be an ally by interrupting discriminatory speech or acts whether or not one is a member of the targeted group.
Through Guest Speakers
A variety of guest speakers visit Rowland Hall annually to engage students with personal and professional stories of how one lives an ethical life.
Upper School athletics provide a platform for developing not just the skills to play competitively, but also the values of fair play and responsibility.