The Quaker belief of the “Inner Light” or that of God in each of us creates an atmosphere of acceptance and openness. Students are led by example not only to respect the identities, perspectives, and talents of others in the community but also to learn from them. Westtown is culturally, religiously, racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse and we are deeply enriched by this diversity.
When asked about Westtown’s greatest strengths, young alums often talk about the quality of the academic program and a profound sense of community. Being a responsible and active member of one’s community is fostered even from the youngest grades. Service learning and volunteerism, the Work Program, and a curricular focus on respect for others, personal responsibility, and community throughout the divisions engenders a sense of responsibility toward – and belonging to – both the school community and the global community. Our boarding program sets Westtown apart as it challenges students to live, learn, and work together within a richly diverse residential setting.