Our Mission, Values, & Philosophy
Guided by the essential Quaker calling to seek out and honor that of God in each of us, Westtown School challenges its students to realize their individual gifts while learning and living together in a diverse community. Westtown inspires and prepares its graduates to be stewards and leaders of a better world.
What we teach and how we teach are reflections of the ideals upon which Westtown was founded. At the heart of our curriculum, our interactions with one another, and our community life are the values and practices of the Religious Society of Friends - the Quakers. What does this mean at our school?
- that each voice is valued and encouraged
- that we have a profound respect for diversity
- we have a dedication to peace and justice in community and in the world
- we maintain a special focus on service, stewardship, and social responsibility
- Our values make us who we are.
Quakers have long considered education to be a spiritual endeavor. Westtown School, founded by the Religious Society of Friends in 1799, continues to act on this belief. In providing students with an excellent, well-rounded education, from math to social studies to dance, we emphasize that Truth may come from any corner, and that the unique qualities of each child are an expression of the Inner Light — the spark of divinity which resides in each of us. We believe that spiritual engagement is critical to each student’s journey towards success and fulfillment, meaningful relationships with others, and a positive impact on the world. The expression Purpose, Illuminated reflects our understanding that the quest for purpose in life is advanced by recognition of the Inner Light. On a day-to-day level, Quaker values, including equity, integrity, stewardship, simplicity, and peace, shine through Westtown’s community life, curriculum, co-curricular offerings, social curriculum, and residential program.