At The Wilberforce School, our academics reflect our mission - to equip students in mind and heart so that they can contribute as servant leaders to God’s kingdom. As our school verse enjoins, we accomplish this purpose by focusing on ideas that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). Our school is a community of learners, together deepening our awareness of concepts, skills, virtues, and creative arts. We infect each other with a desire to know, share, grow, and engage. As Augustine noted, “Every good and true Christian should understand that, wherever he may find truth, it is his Lord’s.” At Wilberforce, our faith in God inspires both our sense of wonder and our depth of inquiry, as our discussion-focused classes examine science and mathematics, literature and history, philosophy and art.
The pursuit of truth, the creation of beauty, and practice of goodness are exciting adventures, but they can be dangerous ones as well. Deep learning and thinking is never safe; instead, it challenges, discomforts, and transforms. At Wilberforce, we allow texts (written and visual) and their authors to stretch, confuse, humble, and inspire. Our education is a process, one that progresses towards maturity of thought and heart. It is not just for a season, although this Upper School season is rich, rather it is the inauguration of a life.
-Karen Ristuccia, Academic Dean