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Our Core Values Are the Heart of Our School

Our core values—honesty, kindness, and respect—are modeled through all we do.


When we are honest, we build strength of character.

How we act toward others creates peace of mind and promotes trusting relationships.

Honesty: Relationship-Building in Action



When we are kind, we create the space to enjoy learning.

Kindness is about treating others the way we want to be treated.

Kindness: Value-Modeling in Action




When we are respectful, we value who people are and how they feel.

We listen, stand up to injustice, and have compassion for others.

 Respect: Awareness-Forming in Action


“Every beautiful day begins with Mr. Craig, Mrs. Giese, and Mr. Pastor greeting everyone at the gate and Mr. Brenner’s magical high five with every student and their parents. Every teacher knows every student’s name.” Haibo Rain Yu, P'25, '33

Our Motto:

The person not moving 


falls behind.


Rumsey Hall School is committed to a whole-child approach to education and believes that teaching academics and teaching an attitude of mind are of equal importance. The School emphasizes effort as a criterion for success and is dedicated to helping each child develop toward his or her maximum stature as an educated person, a successful member of a family, and a contributing member of a community.


Doing one’s best becomes more than an objective at Rumsey — it becomes a habit for life. Effort does not start and end with the student. It is a shared responsibility between the student and each faculty member. The result is an environment in which everyone shares in the achievement of success. Students on the Effort and Dean’s Lists earn privileges that reinforce the idea that greater independence and autonomy are the rewards for diligent effort. Recognition of effort builds a respect for self-discipline and personal responsibility. This emphasis on effort becomes an integral part of the student’s everyday life. Effort Is the Key to Success; Effort Controls Your Destiny.


The close relationships between faculty and students are the core of our family atmosphere. Students build key relationships grounded in trust and know they can be themselves without need for pretense. Our nurturing environment includes family-style meals and daily interactions with adults who care. At Rumsey Hall, formative experiences are strengthened by familial relationships. Everyone comes together under one roof. Sustained by traditions, the strong culture and spirit of the School are rooted in the family atmosphere.


In our School community, we know each other by name and appreciate every person’s individual talents and qualities. Our sense of community is anchored by the shared values of honesty, kindness and respect. Inspiring and guiding students to become valuable, contributing members of the community through involvement in all aspects of life on campus are key elements of Rumsey’s whole-child education. Our students enjoy individual opportunities and a satisfying sense of community, a balance of independence and guidance as they strive for personal growth.

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