We believe that a school teaches as much by the principles through which it is run as it does by the curriculum that it offers. At the core of USAP Community School, therefore, is our Honor Code, and the Quaker principles that it comes from.
The Quakers are a religious group that believes in living a life of simplicity and purpose, in service to others. Quakers recognize that each person has an inner light, and can make their mark on the world not by what they say but by what they do – by “letting your life speak,” as the Quakers often say.
Three of our school values – integrity, service and equality – come directly from Quaker principles. We aim to educate outstanding young people who stick to their word, see the dignity of everyone around them, and view their education as a way of serving their communities. Our fourth value, curiosity, reflects the intellectual quality that we most value in our students – that ability to go beyond what they are learning, and to learn not for the sake of passing exams but to grow as people.
These values are stated directly in our Honor Code, which appears below. At the beginning of each year, we hold a ceremony in which every student, faculty and staff member at the school signs this Honor Code, agreeing to live by its principles. The signed copy hangs on the wall of the school dining hall, where all members of the community see it every day.