Character Education

The seeds of self-responsibility and civic duty are planted at a very young age with the
emphasis on becoming good citizens and helping the youngest students learn the difference between right and wrong.

In addition, students have opportunities to develop their leadership skills by participating in student government or serving as a School ambassador through the Squires program.

S.T.R.I.V.E. Program

The Lower School Code of Ethics: S.T.R.I.V.E. frames our expectations for students' conduct, attitude, and citizenship. Together, the students, staff and parents say it out loud as part of our weekly Lower School community flag-raising on Monday mornings:

Seek always to do your best.
Treat people and property with respect.
Revere the truth.
Invest in your future.
Value School rules, your heritage and personal responsibility.
Enrich the world for all.
Lower School Principal Bob Gillingham tells us where this comes from, and how it continues to grow. He writes...

STRIVE, our code of ethics, was developed 18 years ago by my wife and me as we drove to Colorado with our three children. I had been frustrated by the number of discipline problems I'd had to deal with in my first year as Principal, and, in what became an epiphany, a parent had asked me what, exactly, we expected of the students, and I found myself grasping for an answer.

In order to better articulate the school’s expecations, my wife, Listy and I brainstormed common values and an acronym to capture them, and STRIVE was born. Later, I realized that the structure helped all of us to work comfortably within commonly-understood expectations, and discipline problems decreased markedly.
Seek always to do your best.

Be punctual, prepared, presentable, and perseverant

  1. Persevering
  2. Setting and meeting goals and objectives
  3. Taking pride in your accomplishments
  4. Trusting your judgment
  5. Using good sense

T
reat people and property with respect.

Be compassionate, tolerant, patient, careful, and thoughtful

  1. Understanding respect
  2. Living the golden rule
  3. Walking in someone else's shoes
  4. Being a caretaker of people and property
  5. Taking ownership of the school
  6. Acknowledging, expecting, and appreciating differences

R
evere the truth.

Expect trustworthiness from yourself and others

  1. Understanding truth
  2. Following academic honesty
  3. Considering consequences, saving face, and building trust
  4. Reacting to lies
  5. Shading the truth, white lies and rumors

I
nvest in your future.

Make the most of your opportunities through good choices

  1. Investing and planning
  2. Procrastinating
  3. Building study habits
  4. Creating an image
  5. Making tough choices and anticipating consequences

V
alue school rules, your heritage, and personal responsibility.

Be accountable for your behavior

  1. Knowing and celebrating your roots
  2. Being an independent individual
  3. Managing peer pressure and passive, assertive, and aggressive behavior
  4. Being a giver not a taker
  5. Being a school ambassador
  6. Understanding the duties of a good citizen

E
nrich the world for all.

Make the world a better place through your words and deeds

  1. Contributing
  2. Making a difference through the "power of one"
  3. Making your actions speak louder than words
  4. Being selfless
  5. Engaging in random acts of kindness


Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103
 

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900