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Welcome

We Are a Community of Learners
Honor, integrity, and character are the core of Randolph’s culture of high expectations, the ideals that shape the meaningful relationships that matter most, and the cornerstone of the rich experiences that inspire our community of learners. By nurturing natural curiosity and encouraging an ability and eagerness to ask the right questions, we develop the critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary for success in every discipline and endeavor. Unafraid to reach beyond our grasp, Randolph learners embrace opportunity, accept difficulty and disappointment, and interpret failure as a chance for a new start. Well-rounded, life-long learning demands an equal commitment to the wonder of self-discovery for every boy and girl, the power of life-changing relationships with others in our community, and a commitment to the greater good.
Individual Learning: Knowledge of self is the foundation of education and character

Core beliefs:
  • Every child matters
  • Critical thinking includes an eagerness to ask the right questions, to read deeply, to write persuasively, to create imaginatively, and to exercise the will to persevere through to the solution of any challenging problem
  • Solitude spurs self discovery and creativity
  • Self reflection and independent thinking are essential to develop the courage of one’s convictions
Relational Learning: Relationships with others inspire and challenge us to be our best
Core beliefs:
  • All knowledge is connected
  • Collaboration, communication, and demonstrated compassion strengthen our community, widen our perspectives, and advance our mission
  • Trust, freely given and responsibly protected, is the foundation of every relationship that lasts
  • Character is forged in relationships with others and in times of difficulty, disappointment, and accomplishment
Learning for the Greater Good: Our blessings provide a responsibility to share and an opportunity to learn
Core beliefs:
  • All communities are connected
  • Citizenship demands commitment to others
  • The world needs shared sacrifice to address the challenges of today and tomorrow
  • By nurturing all, we are nurtured; by serving others, we build character of the heart and the mind
  • The purpose of education is to make the world a better place for generations to come
The Six Cs
Character, critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration and cosmopolitanism have been identified by the National Association of Independent Schools as essential for today's student. They describe what Randolph and many other NAIS schools believe we should teach and students should learn.

Character
At Randolph, character matters most. In every program and at every grade level we seek to develop a deep reservoir of integrity, persistence, empathy, and moral courage in each child under our care. Character is the source of identity, and the values we impart last a lifetime and hold us up wherever we go and whatever we do.

Critical thinking
In a world marked by information overload and constant access to the Internet, students at Randolph are called upon more than ever to ask the right question in pursuit of the best answers to the most important challenges and opportunities before us. It takes discipline and diligence to assemble, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate facts, data, and patterns. As information multiplies exponentially, true knowledge demands discernment as the foundation for the lasting wisdom to which every learner aspires.

Communication
Humans are social creatures, and mastering the ways we interact with each other is critical for success in the world today. Mobile connectivity is constant, and at Randolph students learn to connect with others through the rapidly evolving tools of technology. At the same time, we hold fast to the belief that the importance of personal interaction and effective verbal communication will never fade away, and to our conviction that the ability to write clear, cogent, and persuasive prose is more important than ever before.

Creativity
The prevailing trend in national education tilts decidedly toward standardization through a pre-packaged curriculum delivered by teachers pressured to cover content in anticipation of a high-stakes, end-of-year exam. At Randolph, we're moving in the opposite direction, firmly committed to the belief that curiosity, imagination, and exploration are natural in every child and need to be nurtured within and beyond the classroom so that it's clear we are always learning and always solving problems.

Collaboration
At Randolph, students are free to learn and teachers are free to teach. We are a learning community, deliberately and purposefully constructing opportunities for students to grow through interactions with their teachers and their peers. Project-based learning emphasizes the application of knowledge and creative problem-solving, and at its best exists so that students see connections between academic disciplines in pursuit of the most enduring ideas known to man.

Cosmopolitanism
The Information Age connects the cultures of the world like never before, and a sheltered perspective and isolated posture are no longer sustainable. Our graduates will be competing, interacting, and cooperating with men and women from around the world as we address the challenges and opportunities before us. In this environment, social and cultural intelligence are critical for the success of our students and the future of the world.