HABITS OF MIND AND HEART
Character education has been an important complement to Whitfield’s college preparatory curriculum throughout our history. The Habits of Mind and Heart is the phrase we use to encompass our approach to character development.
At the heart of our school are people of integrity, vision, humor and generosity. Our common goal is the growth of every member of our community, beginning with students, but also including teachers, parents and alumni. We have pulled this goal into the center of the curriculum, because we see it as essential both to the academic success of our students and to their happiness and productivity as citizens of our school community, St. Louis, and the world.
The Habits of Mind and Heart curriculum encourages critical reflection for academic and personal growth, improves social and emotional intelligence, and shapes the personal strengths of our students so that they have the resilience and moral awareness to be effective citizens and leaders. There is a focus on six major areas: ethics, citizenship, leadership, mindfulness, scholarship and cultural competence (see diagram above right).
In the course of their middle and high school experiences, we want to challenge every Whitfield student to discover their personal mission in the journey of life, to help empower them to achieve it, and to see this journey as one that unfolds in the company of others.