Character Education

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Mission

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.”

Ethics Speeches & Classes

Over the course of a year, Middle Schoolers hear more than 75 ethics speeches from their peers and teachers. Recent student topics include the power of laughter, the benefits of embracing one's own shortcomings, and taking action to preserve freedom. Middle Schoolers also participate in an ethics class once per cycle, or every eight days.

Community Service

Another huge part of character education occurs when you put the lessons you learn to work for the good of others. We partner with 10 organizations to provide students with community service opportunities, and 35 events are scheduled for the 2018–19 school year. Community service is voluntary at Landon, but most boys participate in at least one project. You can act as a “buddy” for Special Olympics athletes during basketball games hosted in Landon’s gym, serve meals to the homeless with Thrive DC, pack Thanksgiving baskets for in-need families, or clean up local trails for the good of the environment.

Middle School Calendar

News

Feeling Cared For: What Compassion Is All About

Upper School Learning Specialist Emily Howe shares why she believes there are distinct characteristics to the value of "compassion" that help people feel understood and supported in their greatest time of need.

Gratitude is more than thankfulness

Jelani '19 — an AP student, member of the yearbook staff, and athlete on the varsity football team — spoke about why he believes we should show our gratitude in more meaningful ways rather than just saying "thank you."