Guiding Tomorrow's Hearts and Minds

Mission and Philosophy

MISSION

Our mission is to inspire, through an academically challenging course of study, the intellectual curiosity, confidence, moral courage, and character that prepare students to be leaders of positive change in the world.

Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, our CORE VALUES are:
  • Academic Excellence
  • Service to Others
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Compassionate Community


PHILOSOPHY

At St. Matthew's we believe that:

  • all children have gifts and the capacity to learn and lead
  • school must be engaging and relevant
  • process and content go hand in hand; depth is more important than broad coverage
  • to be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills and a moral compass
  • knowing the children and their families is as important as knowing the content we teach
  • all members of our school community deserve respect, support, and a voice; we value democracy and equity
  • families play an important role in the educational process, and
  • our school exists within a community; service to others enriches our lives and those we serve

Therefore, we:

  • serve children by building a healthy community of knowledgeable, caring and connected adults who promote a culture that fosters trust, collaboration, and commitment
  • nurture students and inspire them to grow in heart, mind, body and spirit, valuing growth as they develop to their fullest potential
  • value each child’s imagination and creativity
  • support teaching and learning through high expectations, small classes, appropriate resources, and professional growth
  • foster cooperation, self-advocacy, responsibility, empathy, and self-control
  • seek to involve families actively in their children’s education and school life
  • create classrooms that offer students the safety to take risks

SCHOOL MOTTO

Veritas et Caritas: Truth and Love