Is your child’s school providing a strong foundation for future success?
At Shipley, we give our students the tools they’ll need to be successful in life and provide an environment where each one of them thrives. We believe it takes more than just an excellent academic program and high standards. Find out what we think it takes to help children flourish and succeed, and hear directly from some of our graduates on how Shipley has made a difference in their lives.
Educational Excellence – High Academic Standards
Small Class Size
Strong Student-teacher Relationships
Strong Sense of Community
Opportunities In and Out of the Classroom
Preparation for Success in College and Life
Emphasis on social, emotional, and ethical development
List of 10 items.
1. Educational Excellence – High Academic Standards
Shipley has challenged me academically. As a student, I have always felt a sense of healthy competition. I was able to take challenging classes and push myself academically, because I knew that I had the support I needed to find success. –Maya Overton ’16
An Intimate Community Coming from my local public school and knowing only a few people from soccer pre-season, my first impression of Shipley was one that remained consistent throughout my entire four years: warm, welcoming, and spirited. Shipley’s intimate community contrasted greatly from other school communities I have been a part of.
Learning to Challenge Myself Before I entered Shipley, there were few things that I was comfortable doing, but Shipley’s liberal arts-esque requirements in tandem with its academic freedom allowed me to try new things while also fostering my known interests. Whether on the field, on the court, or in the classroom, I gave into the nature of challenging myself and working with others under one common goal.
Success is a Team Sport I feel more prepared than I ever knew I could be for the next four years. I have spoken with many of my friends who have graduated from Shipley in the past few years, and they, in unanimity, have told me that Shipley has prepared them for all aspects of college at their respective universities. I must pay homage to every part of Shipley that has contributed to my personal growth throughout the years – my teachers, coaches, administrators, dean, teammates, fellow student governors, and every one of my classmates. Each group in its own respective way has allowed me to prepare for college as well as approach the world in a humble, spirited way.
Achieving the Unthinkable As a timid new freshman four years ago, becoming All-School President was something I never could have foreseen. My time in student government is the source of so many important memories and experiences that have shaped my development throughout senior year and has made my relationship with Shipley more intimate – something I will always cherish.
Plans for Fall 2016 I will be attending Yale University.
Future Ambition Collegiately, I plan to fulfill all Pre-Med requirements and apply to medical school. In the future, I hope to become a neurosurgeon. Since before I could form memories (according to my mom), I have been overly intrigued by science and medicine. My interest in becoming a doctor is innate and has been consistent to this day.
Shipley has prepared me to pursue my interests and passions in a humble, ambitious, and well-spirited manner.
2. Small Class Size
Nothing demonstrates Shipley's knowledge of and affection for its so deeply as the celebratory and detailed citations that are read for every graduating senior each year. Thanks to small class sizes, we truly know and love our students.
In my role, I get many questions from prospective parents, but the one I enjoy the most is this: “What is the value of a Shipley education vs. a public school education?” I love that question because for me, for Shipley, it’s an easy one.
We all know Shipley provides an outstanding academic education; our record speaks for itself. But Shipley offers so much more. We couple our high academic standards with a foundation of strong support so that students know they can stretch themselves. From Pre-K on up, students take academic risks and get support when they need it.
Branching Out of The Classroom
In fact, risk-taking in a safe, supportive environment is one of Shipley’s hallmarks. Dr. Steve Piltch, Head of our school, talks about this all the time. Kids are encouraged to branch out and explore areas they may not have considered academically, athletically, on the stage, and socially.
In Lower School, for example, students have the opportunity to practice public speaking and engage in leadership roles from the very beginning so it becomes second nature. During Middle School, kids experiment with every sport before choosing one for each season. In the Upper School, the depth and breadth of our curriculum allows for students to explore new areas of interest and fields of study that they may not have had the courage to try elsewhere because there is no social penalty to trying. In fact, quite the opposite. It is very much a part of our culture to try new things.
Building Strong Relationships
The bonds students form with teachers further help to provide encouragement and support. Without the demands of government mandated testing, our teachers have the extra time and the freedom to get to know our students at every level: in the classroom, on the playing field, and after school with extra help or on special projects. Our teachers pass along information about our students from grade to grade so that we, as a school, develop an institutional knowledge and understanding of each individual child. Nothing demonstrates Shipley's knowledge of and affection for its so deeply as the celebratory and detailed citations that are read for every graduating senior each year. Thanks to small class sizes, we truly know and love our students.
I see Shipley’s magic taking hold with my son Grayson, who is in fourth grade here. He’s asking the big questions each night at dinner, questions you would never imagine a child his age could grapple with, but it’s a matter of course at Shipley.
Looking Towards The Future
I know that by the time he graduates, Grayson will have been given the opportunity to develop into the person he was meant to be at that point in his life. He will be going out into the world ready with all the skills needed to be successful—and by that I mean all the skills, not just the academic skills. He will have the ability to take on leadership roles, to ask the harder questions, to look for guidance, and to have the humility to do so. He will have the courage to reach for the challenge, and above all, he will be a good person. I know this because I see it in our graduating seniors and our alumni body.
Shipley educates the whole child all the way through. To me, the value of that is priceless.
3. Excellent Teachers
I had so many wonderful teachers during my four years at Shipley. Each one helped me become a stronger student and person, opened my eyes to new ways of thinking, and inspired me to live each day to the best of my ability. –Harrison Rusk ’16
Harrison Rusk ’16 Currently Attending: Boston University Years at Shipley: 8
Activities & Positions Held: Will Trippley Tutoring, Yearbook Photojournalism, Video Production, Tennis, Stage Crew
Passionate Teachers Nearly every teacher I’ve had at Shipley has influenced me in some way or another—artistically, academically, and developmentally. They gave me a strong educational foundation, in addition to new perspectives and insights beyond traditional teaching. I found, especially in the English and History departments, that each teacher was incredibly passionate, which gave me a rush of energy to think and speak my mind in class and in discussions.
The Interdisciplinary Effect Ms. Dejdar influenced me to voice my opinions, question, and helped me discover my own interest in psychology through a broad interdisciplinary scope. Doc made me think rather than memorize. I’ve never experienced a class like his in my life, and for that I am grateful. It was his class that cemented a lot of my beliefs and made me appreciate film and art tenfold. For me, interdisciplinary classes were always enjoyable, and they are one of the many components that make Shipley such an incredible place.
Plans for Fall 2016 I plan to attend Boston University where I will major in Film/Television.
Future Ambition I’m passionate about filmmaking and photography and hope for a career in production and business. I am open to exploring the other interests that I have developed while at Shipley.
Shipley has prepared me to find who I want to be and where I want to go in life.
4. Strong Student-teacher Relationships
Never have I ever felt more encouraged or supported by a teacher in all of the schools I’ve attended. –Mallory Avnett '16
Mallory Avnet ’16 Currently Attending:University of Michigan Years at Shipley: 5
Activities & Positions Held:Fall Plays, Winter Musical, Spring Shakespeare; Arts Co-Head
Feeling Welcomed & Celebrated From the minute I walked through Shipley’s front doors, students were approaching me, walking me to my locker, inquiring about my interests, and inviting me to sit with them at lunch. I felt included. I felt welcomed and celebrated in ways I had never experienced.
Finding Myself Before coming to Shipley, I had become comfortable with being the “quiet kid.” I almost never voiced my opinions and often found myself swallowing my thoughts and theories instead of sharing them because I was scared. Shipley tore down that wall the minute I decided to audition for the Middle School musical. I had always loved acting, but because of my insecurities, I found myself holding back from letting out all that I had to give. Not at Shipley.
I was inspired to be my best self, pushed to dare bigger, and challenged to rise up to my own expectations of myself. The entirety of the eighth grade musical,The Wizard of Oz,is my favorite Shipley memory because that is when I found myself. During the rehearsal process, I slowly let go of my insecurities. I reached higher, dared bigger, and smiled wider with each and every practice. Not only did I make friends for a lifetime, but I also finally became the girl I so longed to be.
My hesitations to be funny, to be outrageous, to be a little crazy melted away the minute I stepped foot onto that stage. At Shipley, I became able to recognize my own fears and teach myself that they did not make me weaker, but rather, stronger. Instead of running away from them, I learned to stare them straight in the eye and run towards them head on.
The Magical Mr. Brown Mr. Brown has this sort of magical air about him. Never have I ever felt more encouraged or supported by a teacher in all of the schools I’ve attended. Each of his classes is unique to his students. I never saw what was coming next. One day we were crawling around pretending to be animals, the next we were finding the source of energy within ourselves.
Mr. Brown’s passion and love for the craft of acting and creativity is infectious; it’s impossible not to catch his enthusiasm while standing in the same room as him. Not only that, but Mr. Brown is still involved in the acting world today. It is such a privilege to learn from a professional who shares the same dream as you. He is such an inspiration to me in my life because he never gives up. Every day he walks into school with a positive attitude, a smile on his face, and the desire to create something amazing.
Into the Woods My most memorable experience at Shipley was my senior musical,Into the Woods.I am a HUGE Stephen Sondheim fan and have been itching to perform in one of his musicals since I learned what musical theatre was. To be able to perform an amazing piece of theatre with your best friends in the world is one of the greatest joys I have experienced in life. Watching my friends and cast mates transform into complicated, zany, and very honest characters was truthfully breathtaking. The cast and crew created something so magical; the feeling was palpable on the stage.
Plans for Fall 2016 I will attend the University of Michigan for my BFA in Acting.
Future Ambition My dream is to be an actress. I want to connect with the people out there who need a helping hand or a confidence boost by making them laugh, cry, or simply feel whatever emotions they have tried to suppress. I have always known that this is what I wanted to do with my life, but Shipley has given me the confidence to actually chase after this dream. I know that it is going to be incredibly challenging and at some points it will feel impossible, but Shipley has instilled a passion and drive within me that will encourage me in tough times to never give up and keep pushing forward.
Shipley has prepared me to spread kindness, inspire vigor, and give love and compassion to all who need it.
5. Individual Attention
Before Shipley, I was very afraid of taking risks academically, but Shipley created a strong support system for me to take difficult courses like Modern European History Honors, where I gained confidence as a learner. –Mabel Silva ’16
Mabel Silva ’16 Currently Attending: TrinityCollege Years at Shipley: 4
Activities & Positions Held: Admissions Ambassador, Lacrosse Team Manager, S.U.R.E, Upper School Summer Bridge Program, Shipley School Enrichment Camp Counselor, Positive Paws; JV Volleyball Co-Captain
Immediately Welcomed Coming to Shipley from a similarly small school that I had gone to all of my life was definitely a nerve-wracking experience. I was a very reserved and shy ninth grader upon my arrival, but within my first day at orientation, I felt very welcomed within the community. My grade level dean immediately knew my name before I had even been introduced to her and she led me to a group of people. I instantly felt like an important part of the Shipley community.
Confidence to Explore As I spent more time at Shipley, I became more confident and I was able to partake in many opportunities that I never thought I would have had without the influence of Shipley. Shipley has taught me the importance of my voice and how to effectively use it. It has enabled me to participate in all aspects of the School that I would not have imagined otherwise. Before Shipley, I was very afraid of taking risks academically, but Shipley created a strong support system for me to take difficult courses like Modern European History Honors, where I gained confidence as a learner. Through this course in 10th grade, I realized my love of challenges and of learning.
A Community that Cares My most memorable experience at Shipley was my first service learning trip during my freshmen year. I, alongside Maria and other peers and faculty, spent a day in New Jersey serving warm meals and company to displaced families following Hurricane Sandy. It was a small moment, but it was extremely meaningful. During that trip I realized how warm and incredible the Shipley community was and I was so grateful to be a part of it.
Plans for Fall 2016 My plan is to become a strong leader at Trinity and become involved in service learning within the Trinity and Hartford communities.
Future Ambition I plan to major in neuroscience and minor in psychology because I was influenced by my favorite class, Comparative Anatomy and Neuroscience Honors, and discovered a new passion. I would love to focus on developmental neuroscience to combine my love of science with my passion for working with kids.
Shipley has prepared me to self advocate. I have learned to become independent and use my voice to accomplish my goals and I know that this will help me be successful in the future.
6. Strong Sense of Community
From student to alumna to colleague and parent, Jenn Devine ’98 has gotten to know Shipley from the inside out. At this year’s Thanksgiving All School Assembly, she reflected on her Shipley journey, what the school community gave her, and how she’s giving back.
When I was a child, I thought, no, Icounted on, every problem having only one solution. I whizzed through elementary school and junior high, each year confirming that I did, in fact, have all the right answers. And then I arrived at Shipley for my freshman year of high school. I quickly learned that my teachers were not going to just feed me the right answers to formulaic problems. It frustrated me at the time, but I realize now how much better it was that Shipley taught mehowto think, notwhatto think.
College and Beyond
After Shipley, I attended Cornell University. Imagine my shock my first day on campus when the Cornell chimes began their tune. Who knew that both of my beloved alma maters shared the melody to their school song?! It must have been fate. Cornell was an indescribably glorious, transformational experience for me, and it was Shipley that prepared me for it. I don’t think I ever contacted Shipley during my college years to express my gratitude. I wish I had.
After college, I still didn’t become the alumna Shipley deserved. I was grateful to Shipley, but still too caught up in my grown-up life to understand that Shipley needed my support just as much as I had needed Shipley’s. And yet Shipley was always there, in my mind and in my heart. When I decided that I wanted a career change that involved working in education, it never occurred to me to look anywhere other than Shipley. My first day of work here was a little over five years ago, and when I sat down at my desk there was a letter from Dr. Piltch that ended with the words “Welcome Home.” Dr. Piltch, Steve, if I haven’t told you before just how much that meant to me, please know now that it meant everything.
I have two children. My dreams for them, like the dreams most parents have for their kids, is that they have opportunities that I never did. I did not have the opportunity to attend Shipley in Lower or Middle School, but when it was time for me to consider elementary schools for my own children, Shipley was at the top of my list. Samantha, Sammy, is in 2ndGrade and Daniel is in Kindergarten. I am grateful every single day that they are at Shipley, and it is my fervent wish that my children will be Lifers here.
If you’re wonderingwhyI am sharing these snippets of my rather long Shipley story with you, first I have to ask you a question. Have you read The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein? Shipley is my Giving Tree. And yours. Shipley will be here for all of us throughout our lives, always ready to support us and welcome us, and expecting nothing in return but our own happiness and success. And what does that have to do with what we talking about here today, you wonder? Today is about how Shipley prepares us to live lives with Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing. And what better way is there to teach than by leading by example? Being there, a constant source of support to each and every member of the Community, like The Giving Tree, requires two things: To always give whatever is asked or required without knowing if there will come a day when you have nothing left to give requires courage, and to accept that those whom you take such pride and joy in as you watch develop will one day grow and leave you requires grace.
Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing is not just a motto Shipley tells its students. It is a principle and a way of life that Shipley exemplifies every single day. So as we head into Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you. Thank you to Shipley. Thank you to Dr. Piltch. And thank you to all of you for being members of this wonderful community.
7. Opportunities In and Out of the Classroom
One of the amazing aspects of Shipley is the opportunity for risk-taking. Whether it is to join one of the many great clubs, or to star in the musical, Shipley students are always encouraged to branch out and try something out of their comfort zones. –Jake Trachtenberg ’16
Jake Trachtenberg ’16 Currently Attending:Indiana University Years at Shipley:14
Activities & Positions Held:Beacon, Finance Club, Thirds Basketball; Varsity Soccer Co-Captain, Tech Help Desk Head
A Solid Foundation One of my favorite things about Shipley is that each grade has its own special moments and themes. As a Lifer, I feel like I’ve taken different things from each of my years at Shipley. A really strong foundation of right vs. wrong in Mrs. Brackett’s first grade class, understanding the importance of hard work in Mr. Caddle’s third grade class, redefining what it means to learn about history in Mrs. Henn’s fourth grade class, and making sure my writing was in great shape before Middle School in Mrs. Sweetman’s fifth grade class.
Preparation for College & Life Shipley has prepared me for college and life by nurturing my passions while also pushing me to do more inside and outside of the classroom. I think one of the most important things I learned at Shipley wasn’t a specific topic or subject, it was the study habits which I feel are really important for my life going forward. Knowing what works and doesn’t work for my own learning can only help me in college.
Lifting a Trophy I’ve made lifelong friends at Shipley. There’s something special about having a group of people that are able to accomplish amazing things in classroom or on the field and afterward enjoy each other’s company on the weekends. There’s a special bond there and I really felt it on the soccer team. as a freshman, I remember really looking to the upperclassmen for examples of how to conduct myself and how I should pass that on to future players. I think these bonds are a huge part of the team’s success over the past four years. After two scorching weeks of preseason at the end of the summer, there’s nothing more fulfilling than lifting a trophy in the crisp air of November.
Learning How to Learn My most influential teacher was definitely Mr. Jennings. Without him, I have no idea where I’d be as a math student today. When I started eighth grade, I was having a really tough time in his Algebra 1 class. He encouraged me to come to him for extra help when I didn’t understand concepts and to try to spread that knowledge to other students. I quickly recovered from that rough patch and learned more than just math in his class. He taught me methods of learning that help me in all subjects to this day.
A Perfect Ending My most memorable experience at Shipley was Super Saturday this past fall. Super Saturday is something I’ve attended for the past 14 years. As a Lower and Middle School student I remember running around with my friends at the carnival in Yarnall Gym and watching the Upper School teams play. Although I had played at Super Saturday in the past two seasons, this one was more important and special because it would be my last. It was a very contentious and hard fought game against La Salle, but we scored in stoppage time. It was one of my best personal performances of the season. The Swamp went all out with cardboard head cutouts of numerous players and teachers and really made the atmosphere amazing. I remember celebrating with my friends and teammates on the field. It was the perfect way to end my final Super Saturday.
Plans for Fall 2016 I’m going to be attending The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University - Bloomington with a focus in Finance.
Future Ambition One day, I would love to work for Google. Technology is definitely something I’ve been very involved with in my time at Shipley and I would like to continue that. I think I would really enjoy working at a startup or possibly even creating one myself. Other than that, I could see myself working on Wall Street. I’ve always been interested in business and technology; combining those would be ideal in the future.
8. Preparation for Success in College and Life
I know that college will present challenges, but Shipley has taught me strategies that will help me conquer these difficulties throughout my life. I am confident that I am prepared both as a student and as a compassionate, caring person. -Evan Spector '16
Evan Spector ’16 Currently Attending:University of Pennsylvania Years at Shipley:12
Activities & Positions:Admissions Ambassador, Will Trippley Tutoring, Varsity Baseball, Handbell Ensemble; Co-Vice President of the School, Co-Head of Chess Club
Strategies to Succeed Shipley has been my home for 12 years. I have learned to become a strong student and a compassionate person. Throughout all 12 years, the classes have definitely been challenging. Through these, I learned the importance of managing my time and reaching out to peers or adults in times of need. After spending much of my life at Shipley, I feel completely prepared to begin the next chapter of my life. I know that college will present challenges, but Shipley has taught me strategies that will help me conquer these difficulties throughout my life. I am confident that I am prepared both as a student and as a compassionate, caring person.
Building the Confidence to Explore One of my favorite parts of Shipley has been the extracurricular activities. At first, though, I was not comfortable joining clubs; I did not know many of the older students and I was afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone. The teachers and administrators all encouraged me to get involved. So, before I knew it, I was part of Student Government, Will Trippley Tutoring, Chess Club, and others. Because of my strong relationships with teachers, I was able to take some risks. Shipley has encouraged me to take risks while providing me with a safe environment for failure.
Plans for Fall 2016 Next year, I will attend the University of Pennsylvania. I am undecided about a major but I am very excited about the ability to take a wide variety of classes.
Future Ambition My future ambition is to find an area of study that I am passionate about and use this to guide me towards a career. Although I am not sure what I want to study, I hope to love what I am learning and share my knowledge with others.
Shipley has prepared me tothrive academically in the future and become a confident leader in any community.
9. Emphasis on social, emotional, and ethical development
Marc Balcer, Middle and Upper School Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) teacher shares with us what mindfullness is, why it's important, and some introductory tools to get started.
At its simplest, mindfulness can be defined as “paying curious attention to what is happening right now.” That being said, there is a misconception that mindfulness will clear your mind or eliminate negative sensations. Nothing could be further from the truth. With mindfulness, you use the tools of your breath, your body, and your senses to become aware of your experience with curiosity instead of judgment. This awareness allows you to respond thoughtfully to events as they unfold instead of reacting to them out of habit.
Focus on Focusing
While meditation is one way to practice mindfulness, anything done with a singular focus is practice. This isn’t easy. Our multi-tasking world has us listening to music while running, sending text messages while driving, and watching television while eating. Not only has multi-tasking been shown to reduce productivity by as much as 40%, but also it encourages us to be in “fight or flight” mode. This stress response was meant to be an occasional system for managing physical threats, but today chronic stress follows many Americans wherever they go. Focusing on the present moment activates an alternative “rest and digest” relaxation response. So when you are driving, you are driving, when you are eating, you are eating, and so on.
Staying Mindful at Shipley
There are proven tools that allow us to be in the moment through mindfulness. At The Shipley School, this is introduced differently in each division’s Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) program. Mindfulness with children and adolescents is most effective when it is concrete, physical, short, and relevant.
In the elementary grades, emphasis is placed on movement through yoga practices and sensory activities. In seventh grade, students are introduced to the Mindful Schools program, which focuses on developing coping and stress management skills. Finally, in tenth grade, students use their natural insight and ability for reflection to apply mindfulness to building qualities of self-compassion, generosity, gratitude, and empathy.
The science of neuroplasticity, the ability to “train your brain,” is explored so that students can create relevance by applying mindfulness to their own interests. Students may also sign up for elective meditation and yoga clubs in each division. This layered approach works because consistent practice is more important that any particular technique or time commitment.
10. Meaningful Assessments
Traditional exams and testing have climbed the ranks of what’s trending in education. Across all disciplines and grade levels, Shipley teachers are exploring new and more effective methods of assessment to broaden the spectrum of their students’ understanding of the material being taught in the classroom. Shipley students are making the grade beyond testing and learning more in the process.
Traditional exams and testing have climbed the ranks of what’s trending in education. Even President Barack Obama has weighed in on the debate over the effectiveness of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank tests. Across all disciplines and grade levels, Shipley teachers are exploring new and more effective methods of assessment to broaden the spectrum of their students’ understanding of the material being taught in the classroom.
Elizabeth Zodda, Upper School science teacher and department chair, trades pencils and papers in her Introductory Physics Honors class for challenging project-based assessments. “I may give them a bunch of circuit materials and tell them to build something,” she says. “I watch them try, fail, and reflect, until the circuit works correctly and the students really show me what they can do.” Zodda explains that not having a week of test review and a two-hour exam frees up her curriculum for a more realistic representation of the work students will have to do beyond the classroom – learning resilience and problem-solving skills.
Seniors in Sunny Greenberg’s The Here and Now interdisciplinary course, for instance, choose topics, conduct research, and craft comprehensive yet compelling TED-inspired talks to deliver to a group of peers and Shipley faculty. “Students learn how to synthesize skills of research, public speaking, and developing an argument in a new medium. They seem to really appreciate and enjoy the process,” she says. In the modern language department, language isn't just memorization. “The focus is on the application,” explains Kim Harris, Upper School Spanish teacher and department chair. Students build on the vocabulary and grammar learned, and apply it to interpersonal and non-rehearsed conversation, supplemented by projects that challenge both students’ language skills and creativity – such as a magazine article, poem, or a video. “That's where the greater, longer-lasting learning happens,” says Harris. “It’s not just a fill-in-the-blank.”
Shipley’s fine arts department challenges students to critique the work of their peers and offer constructive criticism in an organized group discussion. “We’re teaching students to take those critical thinking and articulation skills and apply it back to their own process,” says Steve Baris, Upper School art teacher and department chair. “That is probably the greatest, most enriching aspect of the critique process, and an essential life skill.”
Not forgetting that many colleges and universities administer traditional exams and Shipley’s commitment to preparing students for all aspects of learning, students do sit for exams in some classes. Patty Lein, Upper School Academic Dean and math teacher, gives a math exam to her students, but adds a non-traditional twist by telling her students their grade in a private meeting. “It's not about the grade,” she explains. “It's about identifying the student’s strengths and the areas of improvement. I think that conversation is important.”
Supporting non-traditional assessments speaks to what Shipley stands for, Lein says, which is honoring the individual and trying to look for various ways for all individuals to be able to synthesize their knowledge differently, while learning important skills for life.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.