|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.