Mission and Values
Within a culture of support and collaboration, Morristown-Beard School students discover and develop their individual pathways to academic success and personal fulfillment while becoming enlightened, morally responsible citizens of the world.
While every communication, every decision, every action taken by an institution speaks to the values it either openly or tacitly embraces, it is particularly important for an educational institution to be as clear as possible about its vision for School culture, both academically and socially. We continue to honor our longstanding Core Values (respect, responsibility, integrity, courage, compassion), and hereby incorporate them into a more expansive, updated statement of our ethical and social vision.
The bedrock of our academic program is to provide a foundation in the Liberal Arts. Our most fundamental goal is to help train and guide our students so that they may ultimately contribute to making the world a better place, and we believe that all members of the MBS community should cultivate a life guided by moral principles, among them:
Empathy is the ability to understand deeply or even to experience the emotional state of another person. Knowing, and caring, about how others feel is a powerful force in creating positive interactions.
Cooperation is not emphasized as much in society at large as competition is, yet cooperation is far more instrumental in driving human progress and in creating healthy social environments than is generally recognized.
Humility implies a willingness to see oneself as part of a larger, shared endeavor, and to be able to subordinate, where necessary, our individual roles in the service of a more inclusive vision.
Awareness of Diverse Perspectives enhances all aspects of learning and social experience. Research shows clearly that the more students are able to encounter and understand other points of view, the more deeply engaged they are, both academically and socially.
Independence of Mind allows us to resist trendy or conformist thinking, and forces us as individuals to examine critically our decisions and assumptions so that we develop a consistent and coherent philosophy of living.
Connectedness grows directly out of Diversity as a foundational value of MBS. Understanding our commonalities is essential to developing the idea of Global Citizenship to which the School is committed.
Humor is a central aspect of the resilience required to meet the inevitable challenges we encounter not only in school, but also in life. At MBS, we value the ability not to take ourselves overly seriously, even when we are engaged in the most serious of endeavors.