The Far Hills Portrait of a Graduate
A Far Hills graduate personifies the School’s mission: Through academic excellence and character development, Far Hills Country Day School provides each child brilliant beginnings for success in the modern world. The Far Hills experience is characterized by joyful learning, healthy balance, and lifelong relationships.
Academic Excellence. She has mastered the foundational knowledge and skills in each academic discipline and the essential critical-thinking and written-communication skills (analysis and problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading and evaluation, critiquing an argument, writing effectiveness and mechanics) that form the basis of and cut across all disciplines. She knows how to question and research; she examines beyond superficial answers. She has learned how to think, not what to think, and she has learned how to learn. She is deeply curious. She asks the next question after learning an answer. She has the academic tools for success in high school and in life beyond.
Character Development. He has developed both his ethical character and performance character, his life skills. The School’s Pillars—respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness, leadership—inform ethical character, so he develops humility, compassion, and selflessness. The Mission Skills—teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity, time management—inform performance character*, so he develops confidence, agency, and a sense of self. By developing ethical and performance character, he graduates with enduring life skills.
Success in the Modern World. She lives within concentric communities where she is at the same time an active citizen of our immediate school community, our local town community, our state community, our national community, and the wider global community—and she understands the connection between them. She understands what it means to be a citizen in a pluralistic society and the importance of place. She understands her rights and responsibilities as a citizen and has developed the empathy necessary not only to understand but to value and embrace the perspective of others. She has developed core proficiency in a second modern language. She actively participates in, and seeks to sustain and improve, her community and place as a steward for current and future generations. She is prepared for the world that will be.
Far Hills holds itself accountable for developing these qualities in all of its graduates.
*See Paul Tough, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” The New York Times, 17 Sept. 2011 for an explanation of performance character.