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Mission & Values


At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.


We hold a “beautiful view” of childhood. We embrace learning as a lifelong endeavor and are committed to building a community where every child grows, explores, questions, creates, and achieves–individually and together. We align our practices, decisions, and investments with our goal to be a child-centered, safe, and deeply engaging learning community.

The Beauvoir Life Rules

Beauvoir’s Life Rules of kindness, respect, responsibility, and honesty are central to bringing the mission and vision of the School to life. All children, even our earliest learners, participate in daily discussions, stories, activities, and reflections to turn these abstract concepts into concrete choices that they make.

Core Values

As an Episcopal school, we value a diverse and inclusive community. We welcome students and families from all faiths and backgrounds and celebrate our individual stories and collective experiences.

As citizens of the world, we dedicate ourselves to serving others and strive to contribute to the greater good. Our community learns and embraces our Life Rules, which our Core Values complement and support.


We value a “beautiful view” of childhood and its extraordinary capacity for wonder, learning, and discovery. We inspire a sense of possibility in every interaction and experience at Beauvoir.


We value working together as an authentic and inclusive community to imagine, to create, to solve problems, and to support each other in all that we do.


We value creativity in learning, action, and problem solving and empower our community of faculty, staff, parents, and students to explore, develop, and celebrate creative abilities.


We value curiosity as an essential component of inspired learning. We model and encourage curiosity for all in our community.


We value the courageous spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, challenge, and confusion. We empower learners to engage in the world with brave resilience.

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