The Clairbourn Code of Ethics - A Foundation for Education and Life
Ethics [are] essential to our survival. We will not survive the 21st century with the ethics of the 20th century.” Rushworth Kidder, President of the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE).

An emphasis on ethics and positive values has long been a part of a Clairbourn private school education, and our formal educational philosophy emphasizes both rigorous academic standards and strong ethical values.
While Clairbourn believes that goodness is the inherent nature of all of its students, it also recognizes that, like academics or physical fitness, good character needs to be nurtured and developed.  Therefore in 2008, a formal Clairbourn Code of Ethics was developed with input from administrators, parents, and faculty.
The Clairbourn Code of Ethics provides both a framework for developing sound ethical judgment and a standard to which all members of its community should be held.  It permeates all areas of school life. The fundamental values it articulates are essential to character development and allow for a valuable blending of spiritual and moral values without denominational religion.
Children learn about the code’s five values during Chapel and in the classroom, and they’re encouraged to think about and use the values of the code in everyday social, academic, and sporting situations.  Literature and history lessons often include discussion of ethical dilemmas faced by both fictional and historical figures, and the values are displayed prominently in classrooms and other areas of the campus.
Through daily exposure to and application of the various elements of the Clairbourn Code of Ethics, our students graduate with a strong framework of positive universal values that they will carry with them as guiding principles for their lives in high school, college, and beyond.


Clairbourn School values of honesty, respect, responsibility, spirituality, and citizenship. These five values reflect different facets of a single virtue: character. The Clairbourn School Code of Ethics is a critical part of the overall education Clairbourn seeks to promote and provide, for character is the essence of a child's future.

Honesty is being truthful with yourself and others. Honesty results in fairness for each member of the Clairbourn community and makes for a life of integrity. It means that we adhere to our values when alone or in the presence of others. An honest person is genuine, sincere, honorable, and trustworthy.

Respect is treating others as we would like to be treated. Respect is the cornerstone for developing and maintaining a harmonious and productive working relationship with all members of the Clairbourn community. It requires, in both words and actions, a recognition and understanding of the essential being and background of others. Characteristics central to respect include empathy, fairness, open-mindedness, patience, and inclusiveness.

Responsibility is being accountable for our actions and accepting the consequences of our actions. Responsibility is the foundation for taking charge of our lives. Responsible people stand behind what they say and do even when it is uncomfortable or inconvenient to do so. Characteristics central to responsibility include accountability, obedience, reliability, perseverance, and self-control.

Spirituality is believing in a purpose and power higher than ourselves and in the innate goodness of humankind. Spirituality results in a peaceful and empathetic environment for members of the Clairbourn community. It requires us to look for the best in every person and situation. It means that we think well of ourselves and others and proclaim this fact to the world through noble and quiet deeds. Qualities associated with spirituality include compassion, forgiveness, generosity, gratitude, humility, kindness, and a genuine love for mankind.

Citizenship is the value which calls for every member of a community to work to better that community with their actions and attitudes. It is essential for a strong, vibrant, and productive school environment. It means setting aside exclusive self-interest and striving to improve life for all citizens through public service, volunteer work, knowledge, tolerance, and cooperation. Characteristics central to good citizenship include respect for others, adherence to rules and laws, commitment to the principles of democracy and justice, and loyalty to community, country, and purpose.

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