Mission & Values

Mission Statement

The Gunston School offers an intellectually rigorous, highly personalized, and nurturing college preparatory educational experience. Valuing a healthy balance between mind and body, a strong sense of community, the creative process, and our connection to the Chesapeake Bay, Gunston strives to educate ethically and environmentally minded scholars, citizens, and leaders for our globalized society.

The Responsibilities of the Community

Each new student and faculty member at Gunston, upon their Embarkation to campus, signs the Responsibilities of the Community, thereby pledging themselves to uphold our high community standards.

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They pledge:
We the students, faculty, staff, and families of The Gunston School commit ourselves to a high standard of honor, and endeavor to live by the following principles:

  • Respect for and trust in oneself, the school, and each other
  • Responsibility for personal and academic excellence
  • Awareness and appreciation of differences
  • Honesty in speech and action
  • Promotion and practice of camaraderie

By affirming these principles in daily exchanges, we create an environment which encourages responsibility, mutual trust, and personal growth.


Educational Philosophy

The Gunston School endorses a student-centered philosophy that encourages achievement and personal growth by emphasizing the balanced development of the whole student— intellectually, morally, culturally, and physically. Within this broad statement of philosophy we are committed to:

Diversity Statement

The Gunston School promotes a welcoming and tolerant environment that values the inherent dignity and worth of every individual. We recognize, honor, and celebrate the rich diversity that exists within our community and our world, and we seek to engender in Gunston students the cultural competence to embrace diverse ideas, perspectives and individuals. This includes, but is not limited to, diversity of race, ethnicity, language, nationality, gender, gender identity, physical and mental ability, learning style, religion, class, and sexual orientation, as well as of societal and world views. Our overarching aim is to prepare our students to navigate successfully as scholars, citizens, and leaders in a diverse global society.

The Gunston Teacher

In the pursuit of an active, highly engaging, and deep learning experience for all students, Gunston is committed to offering ambitious, transformative, innovative, and research-informed instruction. To this end, excellence in teaching at Gunston reflects each teacher’s commitment to igniting intellectual passion and interest in each student, sustaining a mastery of pedagogy and subject-matter content, gaining a sophisticated understanding of Mind-Brain Education science, and offering a high degree of care and empathy for adolescents. The school and our teachers model the lifelong learning process through an ongoing commitment to instructional best practices and professional growth, and by sharing individual talents through our robust co-curricular program.