The Social Curriculum

Beauvoir believes a solid educational foundation also includes learning about character, ethics and what it means to be a member of a community. Beauvoir’s children share in the rich life of the Washington National Cathedral community. The School’s Episcopal identity reinforces Beauvoir’s belief in education that promotes responsibility and develops character.

Beginning with the youngest students, Beauvoir’s Life Rules of kindness, respect, responsibility and honesty are reinforced in daily class discussions and reflected in all-school community meetings, assemblies and regular chapel programs. Values are discussed with parents at workshops and actively shared through school-wide community service projects, chapel and classroom activities. The social curriculum at Beauvoir is as important at the academic curriculum and teaches an important set of skills our young students will need to succeed in life. Good character education is not only taught, but modeled by the entire adult community at the School. At Beauvoir, students see adults following the Life Rules in their own interactions with each other and results in a school community that is safe, where children enjoy learning and the development of a child's character is of the utmost importance. 

In addition to the Life Rules, Beauvoir uses the Repsonsive Classroom approach school-wide. Responsive Classroom is a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong school community. It is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills and feel like they are a known member of the classroom community. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies. 

Beauvoir is a National School of Character
In 2011, Beauvoir was named a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). CEP recognizes schools and districts that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of their Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education. Schools are required to extensively document their emphasis on ethical practices. The Beauvoir Life Rules, and our adherence to them, provided the cornerstone for this application. When Beauvoir received a site visit as finalists for this commendation, meeting students, observing classroom practices and noting interactions between parents, faculty and staff allowed the visiting team to evaluate us and get a sense of the atmosphere at Beauvoir.

As a National School of Character, Beauvoir will serve as a mentor and model to other schools in the region as they seek to enhance their school culture and increase student achievement through quality character education programs. Approximately 140 schools from across the country submitted applications and Beauvoir was among 43 schools to receive this award and the only independent school on the east coast to receive this honor.

CEP’s President and CEO Joe Mazzola noted that: “Schools of Character contribute to a nation of ethical citizens who know what is right, have the moral courage to do what is right and, at the same time pursue excellence. We simply need more of them.”

If you are interested in learning more about the National School of Character Awards or the Character Education Partnership, please click here. This national affirmation of Beauvoir’s strong moral compass and ethical environment is a great honor for us all.

The Beauvoir Life Rules