Vision & Values
For over one 100 years, St. Anne's-Belfield School has fostered an educational community that nurtures the development of advanced skills, abilities, and knowledge, supports high personal aspirations, and develops exemplary, ethical, and engaged citizens who positively impact the world.
Just as we push our students to strive for their best, we believe that as an institution we must always adapt, grow, and change to fulfill this vision.
We continuously evaluate our standards to find ways to exceed them, and today we are building upon our century of success to provide even more innovative academic programs, world-class facilities, and diverse, supportive community life. Yet even as we strive to become one of the nation’s finest independent schools, we purposefully adhere to the core values and philosophies that have always defined our School experience: honor, scholarship, spirituality, community, and diversity.
We care most about the content of our students’ character.
We ask the hard questions, of ourselves and our society, and we seek knowledge and develop skills to find the answers.
We seek purpose in our lives, and actively encourage reflection on our actions and decisions.
We are a close community, cultivating relationships and supporting each other.
We celebrate the differences that enrich each of our lives, and share our unique talents and ideas.
We at St. Anne's-Belfield School believe that the transmission of knowledge, the encouragement of curiosity, the development of rational thought, and the cultivation of responsible, honorable behavior are the great ends of education. In asking students to master a specific body of knowledge, we seek not to impart knowledge alone, but to instill the lifelong habit of learning.
Although we expect our graduates to be prepared for the nation's finest colleges and universities, our true purpose is to create a challenging yet charitable atmosphere where students gain skills necessary for both creative and disciplined thought, where they have opportunities to achieve in athletic and artistic endeavors, where they understand their responsibility as a member of a community, and where high expectations for both their personal and intellectual lives are complemented by the School's commitment to nurturing students in the spiritual dimension of life.