Mission & Philosophy

The Mission of Wooster School

The mission of Wooster School is to educate the minds of its students, to cultivate their ethical understanding, to develop their artistic appreciation and expression, to promote their physical well-being -- thus to prepare each individual for college and for a useful life.

Specifically, our mission is to foster the commitment of each person at Wooster

  • to strive for the highest level of learning he or she is able to reach, and to develop curiosity, passion, and habits of hard work conducive to a life of learning;
  • to speak, to write, and to act honorably at all times;
  • to cultivate his or her own religious understanding, and to be open to the ideas and beliefs of others;
  • to honor diversity in all its dimensions as essential to the nature of the institution and to the student’s experience in it;
  • to act in ways this School has stood for and celebrated since its founding in 1926, in kindness, in service, in fair play, in humor, in delight in the well-being of others.

Inspired by our founder’s commitment to religion, intellectual excellence, simplicity, and hard work, we are guided by

  • our School Prayer to be gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave;
  • our Honor Code to support Wooster’s community of trust;
  • our Warner Rule to insist that no one may impede the learning, growth, or well-being of another;
  • our Self-help tradition to expect our students to take responsibility for the condition of the campus, for their relationships, for themselves; and
  • our School Motto, to draw from each according to ability and to give to each according to need.

The Philosophy of Wooster School

Wooster students are rigorously taught in a liberal arts tradition. The learning of basic skills and techniques --- reading, writing, computing --- leads to acquired knowledge and understanding in both science and the arts and eventually should lead to the exercising of a balanced judgment.

Because education takes place at all times, at work and at play, with teachers and with students, Wooster strives to be an inclusive school and views diversity as a means of achieving a sense of genuine community.

Individual growth seldom takes place outside a social context, and so the School puts what it believes to be proper emphasis on the life of the community as well as of the individual student. For this reason, a Self-help system, an honor code, and student responsibility for many aspects of discipline have been a part of Wooster's traditions ever since its founding.

Wooster believes that education in the truest sense is moral as well as intellectual. Therefore, the School's diversity also reflects a deeply religious conviction that there is value and dignity in the individual because all of us are children of God. Such a belief can be narrow and parochial or boundless and liberating. Wooster School believes that its faith is of the latter persuasion. We try to express this faith through our actions, seeing as the most important expression of our religious heritage our Self-help system, racial diversity, and our attempts when dealing with people to temper justice with mercy, to revere patience, and to put the individual ahead of the institution whenever possible.

Finally, but not incidentally, Wooster School seriously tries not to take itself too seriously, tries to remember that laughter is a uniquely human gift, and tries to teach young people to gain perspective by developing the ability to laugh at themselves.

Such has been and is now the essential philosophy of this school.

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