Character Development

Sayre School values students as individuals and works to foster their understanding of themselves and their roles in the larger community. Our core values of wisdom, integrity, respect, and compassion are woven throughout the school. Our efforts to promote these core values include classes, clubs, and activities to reach all students. Topics and skills are taught and practiced on a developmentally appropriate continuum centered on these themes: student mentoring, giving back to community, understanding personal and cultural differences, awareness of self, and development of social skills.

Sayre defines its core values as:
Wisdom – knowledge of what is right combined with sound judgment
Integrity – understanding and practice of what is honest, decent, and good
Respect – holding self and others in high regard
Compassion – empathy for others combined with helpful action

Preschool and Lower School Character Development

Kids-to-Kids Classes – Upper School students are trained to lead and mentor younger students. Classes focus on topics that include understanding and dealing with stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice. Students work to reduce these problems in their world.

Community Service – Projects are designed to allow active involvement of students.

Fund Drives – Students participate in raising money or making other donations for the benefit of others.

Community Matters Classes – Life skills and experiential education classes are taught in kindergarten through 4th grade. The focus is on leadership, team building, problem solving and allowing the students to work cooperatively through a variety of activities. Also, the school counselor visits the 3rd-4th grades to discuss topics such as friendship, conflict resolution, meditation/stress management, bullying prevention, and compassionate action.

Responsive Classroom philosophy – Teachers have been trained in this educational model which values social and emotional intelligence along with academic learning. Daily morning meetings allow respectful, caring greetings among students and build listening and communication skills. More on Responsive Classroom including videos of the faculty and parent seminars.


Future Spartans - Upper School athletes build relationships by coaching our Lower School children in basketball and lacrosse. Future Spartans is a long-standing tradition at Sayre and an example of the importance of character development in our students. The Future Spartans program promotes the development of teamwork and leadership skills in both age groups. The example set by these older students through this program is invaluable to our community.


Field Day 2010
Working and Growing Together

Lower School Field Day at the Sayre Athletic Fields

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