Statement of Philosophy
As the region’s first co-educational independent school, Greenhill School provides exceptional opportunities for academic achievement, intellectual growth, artistic fulfillment, physical development, moral awareness, and community engagement. The school brings together diverse students of distinct abilities; teachers with expertise both in their disciplines and in child development; a dynamic curriculum that embraces the liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, and athletics; and a steadfast commitment to equity and inclusion.
Greenhill’s program is organized into four divisions (Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School), utilizing an integrated curriculum that provides a spectrum of learning opportunities. To achieve educational excellence and to foster intellectual engagement, the program incorporates a full range of teaching styles, learning activities and assessments, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration to facilitate student learning and development. Fine arts and athletics are integral to the Greenhill experience. Activities in sports and the arts encourage the discovery of new ways to learn and grow, develop vital skills, and establish lasting relationships. Greenhill expects graduates to be highly competent in all domains of the curriculum, fully prepared for the academic rigors of college, and filled with enthusiasm for lifelong learning, friendship, and service. Students not only gain from Greenhill’s stimulating environment, but also contribute to the learning process. They engage in a vast array of activities inside and out of the classroom, pursuing their passions and interests. These collective educational experiences foster confidence, creativity, independence, responsibility, intellectual and moral integrity, and a generous engagement with life both within and beyond our school community. In addition, because the Greenhill community seeks and embraces diverse perspectives and experiences, Greenhill students achieve respect for themselves and others. As such, the school affirms its role as an inclusive community committed to the core principles of honor, respect, and compassion. Greenhill believes these principles are the essence of its mission.
Greenhill’s diverse faculty is exceptional in the breadth and depth of its experience and in its enthusiasm for teaching. The faculty is the heart of the school. Greenhill’s teachers, at every level, are learning specialists who establish standards of excellence and give students the tools and encouragement to succeed. Teachers establish relationships with students encouraging a healthy and balanced pursuit of Greenhill’s myriad learning opportunities. Teachers strive for cross-cultural competence to address the needs of their students and families. This essential relationship is fostered in the classroom where the teaching is personal, creative and inspiring and extends beyond the classroom into the life of the full community.
Founded in 1950, Greenhill is governed by a voluntary board of trustees and led by a Head of School who, with the faculty and staff, implements all school policies and programs. Greenhill upholds its motto, Per Aspera Ad Astra, Reach for the Stars, and its commitment to educational excellence achieved within a community of diverse and talented individuals. Endowed with a rich legacy of innovation, open-mindedness, and courageous independence, the Greenhill community enthusiastically embraces the challenges of contemporary education. The school values its relationship with each family, a partnership built upon trust, respect, and a shared commitment to the intellectual and emotional well-being of each child. In addition, parents share time, talents, and resources with the school in support of the school’s mission. Thus, the people, programs, and relationships that comprise the Greenhill experience prepare our graduates not only for college, but also – and more importantly – for satisfying and productive lives.
Mission/Statement of Philosophy Revisions adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 24, 2001 Statement of Philosophy Revisions adopted by the Board of Trustees, January 31, 2005 Statement of Philosophy Revisions adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 13, 2015