Mission / Vision / Values


Campbell Hall is a community of inquiry committed to academic excellence and to the nurturing of decent, loving, and responsible human beings.

 

VISION

The teaching and learning at Campbell Hall does not separate the intellect from the heart, but connects the breadth of the mind with the breath of the spirit. Drawing from the Episcopal tradition that knowledge comes from asking questions rather than asserting answers, we challenge our community each day to investigate the meaning of the lives we live together.

We believe our students are persons of both reason and faith. Their quest for knowledge becomes a journey of intellectual discovery that is wed to a moral center. What our students learn is sewn into a pattern of faith for daily living. As a community of inquiry, our students’ learning takes the form of joyous inquiry rather than rote learning.

Guiding Principles

We are at heart a community exploring together the nature of reality, the norms of culture, and concrete ways to make the world a better place. We encourage all members of the community to improve their critical faculties, to value the learning and thought we have inherited from the past, and to remain open always to truths beyond our current understanding. 

We encourage faculty and administrators to create programs that allow students to pursue inquiries wherever they lead, to give students an experience of the transformative power of essential questions. We encourage faculty and administrators to explore approaches that help students’ curiosity expand rather than contract.

A Campbell Hall education will raise issues of meaning, identity, and ultimate truth at every opportunity, but also will acknowledge the limits of human reason in the face of life’s most profound questions. 

VALUES

To achieve our mission, our compass is aligned to our vision, and steered by a set of enduring values:

Academic Excellence

To achieve academic excellence, we passionately pursue knowledge, which cannot be taught to a test, but grows internally through the values embedded in our curriculum. We seek a balance in the lives of our students, believing that offering a contemplative center is the foundation of real learning.

Community

We are committed to weave a diverse, interfaith community. To do so, we push ourselves to achieve a greater understanding of the other; to not reject what is difficult or different, but to embrace the authenticity of each student and every family’s background, and honor their individuality. We believe in something simple and sacred: happy children.

Ethical and Spiritual Formation

We are all formed by our culture and our community. Our school believes in the power of love; the ethical and spiritual formation of our students begins with the love we owe toward one another. Our community sets its compass toward faith, honesty, and integrity; and is committed to thriving with diversity, autonomy, and compassion.

Service

Service is not separated from our academic program, but guides it from within.  Whether we send high school students to teach creative writing to fifth graders in a public school, or grade school students to Hillsides Center to both give and learn, or support our sister schools in Haiti, we devote ourselves to serving those in need, and thus deepening our understanding of the diverse world around us.

Campbell Hall is a community of inquiry that inspires a “path unwinding” - a road that leads its students, faculty, administrators and parents on a journey that explores the world with our hearts and minds, and inspires all to build lives of meaning, purpose, and accomplishment.