Looking back to our previous post about the different philosophies and educational styles that different private schools promote and adhere, it is easy to see different approaches.
As a reminder, for the purpose of this discussion, we are looking only at ‘published’ philosophies and mottos that area easily accessible by the public through school websites and publications. When beginning the private school search, this is often the first research that parents do to prepare themselves and their children for the coming admissions process.
The three schools we chose to look at were Schools X, Y and Z. (If you are industrious, you’ll figure out which they are in the real world easily enough.)
School X’s philosophy and motto is compressed into the phrase “go forth unafraid.”
School Y’s philosophy is “work hard. Be kind. Take risks.”
School Z’s philosophy is “ lead and serve.”
Now obviously you cannot base a decision about your child’s academic future on a few words on a website, however with a little intuition and research, you can get a glimpse of what a school is about and what kind of student they wish to graduate from their halls.
School X uses the word ‘challenge’ a lot on their website and often refers to the things that can be accomplished if you follow their ‘plan.’ This is obviously a school with a lot of history behind it and the graduating alumni to back up that reputation. They are interested in producing graduates who will meet any challenge head on with confidence and strength.
We’ll discuss Schools Y and Z more in tomorrow’s post.