Character Education

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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. 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.


Another huge part of character education is 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.


Middle School Calendar

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Collaboration + creativity = art

Art teacher Megan Rains-Mercado writes in this blog post about this year's Landon Lower School art show. The show, titled "Collaborative Portraits of Prominent Members of the Civil Rights Movement," features projects that not only build the boys' creative skills but also teach them about leadership and character through a look back at transformative figures in U.S. civil rights history.