Mission & Philosophy

To create and sustain a community of lifelong learners who are working together for the individual and common good.

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Guiding Assumptions/Core Beliefs

  • Learning is an essential and defining human activity that involves the whole person throughout life.
  • A learning environment should stimulate this powerful, inherently human desire to learn and to grow. Most learning in a lifetime takes place outside of school and one of the purposes of school is to prepare an individual to learn on his or her own.
  • A supportive and stimulating learning culture affirms intellectual tolerance and social unity.
  • Emphasis on community that occurs in all-school meeting, mixed-age tutorials, on camping trip and through the common language of French, validates shared experiences outside of the classroom.
  • The ability to foster growth in others is the essence of leadership.
  • Teaching and learning go hand-in-hand and most learning takes place within the context of relationships, including, but not limited to, faculty to students, students to students, faculty to faculty.
  • Learning involves taking responsibility to develop and exercise one’s personal “voice” by publicly expressing what one is thinking and feeling. We seek to affirm the unique voice—spoken, written, and artistic—of each member of the Waring community.
  • Learning compels us to use our knowledge responsibly in the service of multiple communities, both locally and globally.
  • The liberal arts are those branches of knowledge that contribute to the liberation of the mind and imagination through risk-taking and through the application of our knowledge of the world and of ourselves.

Waring School Philosophy 

  • Waring School Ethic

    "We shape and maintain our culture, and it requires that we have integrity, that we be honest, that we be caring and that we be courageous."

    As individuals, each of us shoulders the personal responsibility for what we say and what we do, both in and out of school. Waring School’s Guiding Assumptions are based on personal integrity and the values of the school community. We believe that learning is an essential and defining human activity that involves the whole person throughout life. We believe that a supportive and stimulating learning culture affirms intellectual tolerance and social unity. As a community of individuals, we continually reaffirm our mission and core beliefs through our ethic of meaningful ritual and participation, genuine discussion, and authentic relationships.

    Our community is built on trust. At Waring, we students, teachers, parents and administrators have a responsibility to make our school a creative, productive environment for social and intellectual growth. We shape and maintain our culture, and it requires that we have integrity, that we be honest, that we be caring and that we be courageous.

    Both as members of the Waring community and as individuals, we agree to take active responsibility for our school. We should do nothing to damage the community and if we witness someone else damaging the community in any way, we should take action in an appropriate way. On the daily level, this means accepting personal responsibility for our actions—being respectful to others in what we do or say while encouraging others to do the same, respecting the physical campus and cleaning up after ourselves, using technology responsibly, being good mentors to younger students, and so on. When serious issues arise, we are called to be our best selves: to take positive action, to use our voice to speak up in an appropriate way. Although it is not easy to do, whenever possible, we should speak to the person(s) directly involved in any situation. We may also speak to a friend, a tutor, a parent, a teacher or administrator. It is our responsibility to speak up whenever there is a breach of trust at Waring. When we fail to do so, we widen the breach and we may be held accountable for our own inaction.

    Developing and exercising our personal voice is a key part of Waring’s Guiding Assumptions. We are called to exercise our unique voices—spoken, written and artistic—which, in large part, is what we mean by being personally responsible for our daily actions. Cultivating this ethic allows us to act responsibly in service to both our school and global community.

  • Diversity Statement
    Cultural proficiency is a mind-set, a worldview, a way a person or an organization makes assumptions for effectively describing, responding to, and planning for issues that arise in diverse environments. For some people, cultural proficiency is a paradigm shift from viewing cultural differences as problematic to learning how to interact effectively with other cultures. - Janice Clymer and Anthony Moyer, naesp.org
    At Waring, we believe that cultural proficiency is inherent to our mission and raises the bar for lifelong learning. We believe that by its very nature learning cannot happen in isolation; learning requires students to be part of a diverse community which actively encourages them to begin a lifelong engagement with cultural proficiency. Research shows that when students interact with peers different from themselves, they exert more intellectual effort and expand their horizons. A diverse school is therefore essential to promoting the high academic expectations central to Waring’s mission. We strive to be a school of ideas; a richer diversity of ideas and voices makes that endeavor both more effective and more meaningful. We also work to cultivate the analytical mind and expressive voice, investigating the whole human experience to better understand ourselves in the context of a diverse world.

    Waring School has celebrated different points of view from the time of its founding, and we recognize that Waring currently represents diverse viewpoints, be these cultural, political, philosophical or religious. We strive, every day and as a part of our ethic, to be a school inclusive of many ideas, and as one practical means to that end, we have long supported students of diverse socio-economic backgrounds through financial aid. All the same, a more diverse Waring School will enrich our learning environment, open up the community to different modes of thinking, living, and expression, and make our ongoing discussion of inclusion even more meaningful.

    Waring students are becoming citizens of a more global community. Not only must we  prepare students for such citizenry, but we must strive to bring the Waring Way to a broader community. Waring students, teachers and alumni have travelled to Taktse School in Sikkim, done an Endterm in Martinique, studied civil rights in Alabama, and worked with students in urban area schools. There is much more travel on our horizon.

    To these ends, we have formed a diversity committee comprised of board members, faculty, parents and citizens of the greater community. We have made diversity a priority in our admissions office and are also actively recruiting diverse faculty members and trustees.  In order to raise funds for scholarship, we are directing a large percentage of Major Gift donations between 2015-2017 toward scholarships, and will carry this directive over into a capital campaign by 2017 to allow for endowed scholarships for all families who need support. The Class of 2015 Scholarship Fund is a testament to the students’ commitment to make Waring more diverse. In the next five years, our goal is to have at least 10-15% students of color as well as a more diverse faculty and board of trustees. Additionally, Waring will continue to strive to have greater socio-economic diversity in our student body as well as to be inclusive of diverse ideologies, beliefs and cultural traditions.

    A school-wide commitment to cultural proficiency through discussion groups, professional development, and well-chosen readings and speakers will help us be tolerant, open, and authentic in this most important, ongoing endeavor. The Waring Way is a culture but it is also a pathway; we believe this is a necessary next step in our journey.
  • Nondiscrimination Policy
    We member schools of the Association of Independent Schools in New England reaffirm our longstanding policy of nondiscriminatory admission of students. We admit students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin and qualified handicapped students to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our schools. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability status, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs. Applications for Fall 2018 admission are now being received. Information and school catalogues may be obtained by calling the school.
  • Anti-Bullying Policy

    Bullying activity is strictly prohibited at Waring School. Bullying has no place in a school such as Waring where learning depends so heavily on the mutual respect that we have for one another. It is therefore essential that we all play a role in preventing this anti-social behavior that is so toxic to the shared values that hold us together. Instances of bullying should be reported immediately to school authorities, such as your teacher, tutor, or any member of the school's administration.

    Bullying is defined as the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or of a physical act or gesture, or of any combination of these directed at another individual that:

    - causes physical or emotional harm to that individual or damage to that individual's property;

    - places that individual in reasonable fear of harm to himself or her-self or of damage to his or her property;

    - creates a hostile environment at school for the targeted individual;

    - infringes on the rights of the targeted individual at school; or

    - materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or orderly operation of the school.

    Waring School reserves the right to act unilaterally to end bullying when such intervention is necessary and appropriate. The school's disciplinary response may range from warning and educational measures to expulsion. The school will report substantiated cases of bullying to the appropriate civil authorities in observance of all applicable federal, state, and local statutes.