In the Upper School, the PGD program has many manifestations including a regular curricular component once a week, an advisory program (SEE BELOW) that meets once a week, the Buddy Program. The spirit of PGD and the intent to nurture each child to grow personally, as well as academically, permeates the school in virtually every arena, including - for example - the lunch period during which students are assigned seats (often with faculty members) so that they may avoid any exclusive behavior, enjoy a form of “membership” in yet another group, practice manners and civility, and generate knowledge of and respect for students beyond their own circle of friends.
The PGD period itself gives dedicated time to focus on the affective domain with questions that logically begin with what is most familiar, the self, and move progressively beyond that point. Students consider in increasingly sophisticated fashion: “Who am I and who do I want to be?” “Who are you?” “Who are we, those who populate my communities?” “Who are they beyond the world I know?” The self is considered specifically in relation to other individuals/friends, to communities near and far, and to the environment. Objectives of these considerations - which take the form of activities, projects, field trips, discussion, speakers, or service work - include the development of “conscience” (responsibility to other/moral reasoning and principles), “character” (integrity/adherence to moral principle, especially under pressure), and “compassion” (empathy/inclusivity/cultural sensitivity). Return to PGD Home Page.