“The function of education is to teach one to think and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The four cornerstones of character in the Bass Middle School are Respect, Honesty, Kindness, and Responsibility. Each of the four cornerstones are used within our advisory and chapel character development program to help instill a positive school climate for students and a “culture of kindness,” making All Saints’ a safe environment for students to grow and learn. The bedrock is the Episcopal Church’s Baptismal Covenant. A core promise in the covenant, the one we talk about a lot, is “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being?” The students and faculty answer, “I will, with God’s help.”
In the Middle School’s main hallway is a banner that reads “God’s gift to me is my potential. What I do with my potential is my gift to Him.” We strive to help students realize their potential through many of our character building programs, including student-led conferences. Students use the True Colors personality testing and learning modalities to connect with their school skills. The student-led conferences help the student learn to take responsibility for their own education and communicate these connections with honesty to their parents.
Each year eighth grade girls in the fall and seventh grade girls in the spring are invited to explore how to become a woman of character and grace through our School’s connection with Gracefully Strong, who conducts an eight-week girls’ group in schools to build character and self-confidence in young women.
Another unique character development approach in the Middle School is our family style meetings in the commons. While some schools choose to use speakers for announcements, we have family talks face-to-face. We share concerns, prayer requests, a moment of meditation, and discuss world issues.
All teachers and administrators share a commitment to help young people become responsible, caring, and constructive students and citizens. Because our students spend so much time at school, it is important to us that they grow in intellect and character, just the way Dr. King dreamt for all of us. Our students feel connected and respected by one another, which builds on our All Saints’ theme of Protect the Family.
All Saints’ Episcopal School is a leading college preparatory day school in Fort Worth, Texas. Grounded in the Episcopal school tradition, All Saints’ offers programming of national distinction in the academic, fine art, athletic and spiritual disciplines, which brings to life our philosophy of promoting each student’s individual genius within.