Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 reflects on one of his favorite speeches to give to middle school boys, called "Give and Take."
Character & Citizenship
Encompassing global education, service learning, leadership, community life, and health and wellness, The Haverford School's approach to building character and citizenship is woven throughout a student’s experience.
The essential questions “Who am I?,” “Who are we?,” and “How are we connected?” frame the journeys that Haverford students travel on their road to character development.
A Haverford student belongs to and is responsible for a number of circles. The School builds character by creating the conditions and opportunities in which he experiences defining moments, moments of discomfort when he is challenged and stretched, when he learns something about himself and about others.
My Self: A Haverford student is reflective and self-aware. He has insight into his own strengths and weaknesses, his own health and well-being. He has made discoveries as to what he is capable of, where he wants to go, and what it will take to get there.
My Relationships: A Haverford student dedicates himself to building and maintaining positive and loving relationships with family and friends. He dedicates himself in service to his classmates, team or organization, and to the greater School community.
My Community: A Haverford student actively engages with his community. He serves and is served by authentic encounters with a diversity of people from a diversity of places.
My Country: A Haverford student looks for ways to serve his country. He is well-versed in his country’s values and history, engaged in current issues, and looks to improve conditions.
My World: A Haverford student has an awareness, respect, and understanding of international cultures and the common issues facing our global community.
A person’s character is the embodiment of how he thinks, feels, and acts in relation to his moral code. Allowing a boy to understand his strengths, interests, and value system helps him make sound decisions and develop a clear vision of how to be a man of character. Director of Leadership Programs Bill Brady
Read posts from The Big Room blog, written by faculty and administrators, that illustrate The Haverford School's focus on building men of character.
On Oct. 15, Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented "Boys to Men: The Transition from Adolescents to Adults" as part of the School's Best for Boys speaker series. In this blog post, he shares takeaways on identity, masculinity, and other topics related to this critical time in a young man's development.
Spanish instructor Carmen Epstein, Bill Esher, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at The Agnes Irwin School, and Upper School Head Matt Green presented on the Human Relationships Seminar at the 2016 Conference on Coordinate Education.