The primary objective of the Honor Program at Porter-Gaud School is to encourage and promote honorable and ethical behavior on the part of students in all grades. Students, parents, and teachers are all integral parts of helping students develop their personal sense of honor in school life.
The Honor Council is made up of 10 students; 4 seniors, 3 juniors, 2 sophomores, and 1 freshman. One student is elected from each class each year, and once elected, that individual serves for the remainder of their high school career.
The three aspects of the Honor Code are:
First, students should respect their own words. They speak the truth, even when that truth involves accepting responsibility for infractions of family, school or community rules.
Second, students should respect their own property and the property (intellectual and tangible) of other individuals and of the school.
Third, students should respect themselves, as well as their fellow students and their teachers, in working on and submitting their academic work.
These three fundamental ideas form our Honor Code Pledge: Our Pledge is derived from the acronym W.A.T.C.H. (Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character, Habits), which is full of historical and traditional meaning for our school.
"As a student of Porter-Gaud, I pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal."
The Honor Council is student-led but does have two Faculty Advisors. In situations where a student is brought before the Honor Council for a possible infraction, the Honor Council hears the trial and makes recommendations to the Upper School Principal and Head of School, who ultimately make all final decisions involving consequences or punishments.