Guiding Principle 1
ADVANCING A MARET EDUCATION IN THE 21st CENTURYStudents face a complex world once they leave Maret—one that requires engaging in respectful cross-cultural dialogue, thoughtful decision-making, increased interaction with widely divergent opinions, and mastery of interrelated and rapidly changing areas of skills and knowledge.
The value of a Maret education will be evident in traditional measures of success, such as standardized test scores; academic, athletic, and artistic achievement; and college placement. We also know that other dimensions are needed, that these traditional measures alone do not adequately predict the ability of our graduates to thrive in college, in the workplace, and throughout their lives.
Academic Excellence and achievement are celebrated at Maret and form a core component of the educational experience. Our academic program is deep and challenging, and teachers set high standards for their students. Our graduates should be able to present reasoned arguments, write logically and persuasively, and speak with precision and eloquence.
Quantitative literacy is the ability to understand numerical data, exhibit number sense (the ability to estimate numerical quantities and understand when numerical answers or ideas make sense), and utilize numbers or quantitative thinking to solve new problems. Maret’s STEM programs emphasize quantitative literacy in all classrooms K−12: our 6−12 mathematics program is premised on the idea that students should leave Maret with the ability to solve problems confidently and know whether their answers make sense.
Digital Citizenship is the careful, thoughtful, and respectful participation in the virtual world. Maret teaches students to use technology responsibly with strategies for navigating its social, emotional, and intellectual impacts. Students K−12 learn to leverage the power of technology to move safely through a system with evolving rules.
WE BELIEVE THAT STUDENTS WILL THRIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY WHEN:
- They are members of a vibrant educational community that fosters individual interests, celebrates talents, and promotes success. This community seeks to be equitable and inclusive across race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, class, and culture.
- They develop into well-rounded citizens through experiences in cohesive academic, arts, athletic, and wellness programs.
- They are equipped with a set of indispensable skills such as analytical, critical, and creative thinking; problem-solving; oral, written, and digital communication; and the ability to seek, understand, and engage productively with differing opinions.
- They expand their technological and quantitative literacy and agility; prepare for future advances and develop facility with different technological platforms; and practice responsible, careful, and wise digital citizenship.
- They are exposed to an evolving and responsive curriculum that promotes global competence, encourages entrepreneurial spirit, and cultivates leadership capabilities.