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Vision of a Learner


All Porter-Gaud students should have an educational experience that prepares them to be effective lifelong learners and contributors to our global community. Now more than ever, the Porter-Gaud experience must not only provide for the acquisition of rigorous academic content, but it must also be more intentional about fostering critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and other forward-looking skills our young people need to thrive in this complex, rapidly changing world. Below is the collective vision that articulates our community’s aspirations for all our students.


Engaged Learners

who discover and develop their passions through exploration, inquiry, and creative expression.

Discerning Thinkers

who analyze, contextualize, and evaluate information to build a foundation of essential knowledge that informs their worldview.

Flexible Problem-Solvers

who can think across disciplines to generate ideas, build upon existing ones and imagine new ways to approach problems.

Resilient Individuals

who strive to build, nourish, and sustain healthy minds, bodies, and spirits, as they seek purpose and face challenges in life.

Ethical Decision-Makers

who carefully consider how their words, actions, thoughts, and habits shape their character and affect their community and environment.

Thoughtful Communicators

who can express their ideas clearly and reach an audience effectively through the judicious use of language, visuals, nonverbal communication, and tone.

Empathetic Collaborators

who listen openly and speak respectfully, seek to understand diverse perspectives, and suspend judgment as they work towards shared goals. 

Global Citizens

who are well-informed about current events, inquisitive about other cultures, aware of global challenges, and mindful of their impact in an interconnected world.