Curriculum and Programs
WE UNITE to blend tradition with innovation.
Landon has always been ahead of its time, even when the times seemed to suggest otherwise. This was true in its adherence to single-sex education when many other all-boys schools became coed - an adherence supported by recent educational studies confirming the advantages of single-sex schools.
The fact that Landon has offered instruction in ethics at the secondary school level since 1946 should surprise no one familiar with the School's focus on character education. Indeed, the Strategic Plan, Nine Goals for Landon, defines it as "integral to - and even more important than - the academic, artistic and physical development of our boys."
Landon's emphasis on teamwork - another defining characteristic - as a core educational component since its earliest days has been validated by countless studies that stress the ability to work as part of a team as among the most essential attributes for professional success in the 21st century. The fact that teachers at Landon also coach is not by coincidence.
These and other educational hallmarks were formulated - and personified - by Paul Landon Banfield, Landon's founder and headmaster for the School's first 40 years. In today's Code of Character, the teacher-coach-mentor model, and expanded academic offerings ranging from forensic science to the history of modern China, Mr. Banfield would see the fruits of his labor - holding fast to traditions while preparing boys for the world they will enter in college and beyond.
To do that, Landon needs accompanying improvements in technology and access to cutting-edge resources that will allow our teachers and students to stand at the forefront in harnessing the latest technologies in support of their educational goals.
We seek $2 million for curriculum development and programs:
- $1 million for the Teacher-Coach-Mentor Endowment
- $500,000 for the Banfield Ethics Program (completed)
- $500,000 for Technology and Modernization