In Kim Coletta’s Grade 5 Language Arts class, students designed flags to honor the lives lost on 9/11. The assignment stemmed from a virtual presentation during Grade 5 author week.
Landon School prepares talented boys for productive lives as accomplished, responsible and caring men whose actions are guided by the principles of perseverance, teamwork, honor and fair play. That is our mission, and character education is an important part of the journey to fulfill that mission.
Code of Character
At the start of each school year, you will be asked to sign Landon’s Code of Character, which combines the principles of respect and honesty that are central to our school’s Civility and Honor Codes — and to model those principles in everything you do.
Our Civility Code is straightforward and encourages respect: “I will treat all people with respect, civility and dignity. I will also respect my school, my surroundings and myself.”
Our Honor Code is equally simple and celebrates honesty: “I will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do.”
There are many ways to develop leadership skills at Landon. We have a Student Council, Honor Council and a Student Ambassador program, and boys are chosen by fellow students or faculty to represent the school. We also have programs with other schools, such as our Form II Leadership Symposium with Holton-Arms. Students and teachers from both schools developed the program, through interactive sessions to discuss the qualities of a good leader and how to use them in daily life.
Over the course of a year, Middle Schoolers hear more than 75 ethics speeches from their peers and teachers. Every Grade 8 student presents a "This I Believe" speech. This capstone project allows you to not only reflect on an experience that shaped your life, but also to learn the value of being vulnerable in front of others and the skills of persuasive writing and public speaking. You also participate in an ethics class once per cycle, or every eight days.
Another huge part of character education is when you put the lessons you learn to work for the good of others. We partner with many organizations to provide students with service opportunities, including Special Olympics and Iona Senior Services. Community service is voluntary at Landon, but most boys participate in at least one project. See how our community came together in partnership with A Wider Circle for the National Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Landon partners with girls schools, Holton-Arms and Stone Ridge of the Sacred Heart, as well as the organizations A Call to Men, Connect DMV, and the Anti-Defamation League. Our programming includes speakers, assemblies, in-class programming and more. Take a look below at how we celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our MLK Day assembly.