What distinguishes a great school from a good school? I believe that clarity of purpose, exceptional teachers, and demonstrated outcomes are hallmarks of great schools. A great school is a place with a deep commitment to student learning, where faculty nourish the intellectual, moral, emotional, and social growth of every student. It is a place where students, teachers, and parents embark together on an academic journey with clear and well-defined objectives. It is filled with the joy of discovery and the excitement of personal challenge and growth. It is a community dedicated to developing strength of character and excellence in all dimensions of its students’ lives. And it is a place that has a distinctive and lasting impact.

MISSION

At The SS Public School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.
 

PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICE

We achieve SS Public School’s mission through our educational philosophy and practice. At SS Public School we

  • foster a diverse, inclusive learning community where all voices and viewpoints are valued
  • provide a balanced educational experience that integrates academics, athletics, and the arts
  • empower our students to become independent thinkers and learners by emphasizing the rewards of inquiry, initiative, and reflection
  • emphasize appreciation for the natural world and each person’s responsibility for environmental stewardship
  • call upon all members of our community to act with compassion, civic conscience, and a commitment to serving
    others
     

CORE VALUES

Since its founding, The SS Public School has steadfastly believed that developing a student’s character is as important as educating for intellectual growth. Informed by values, students learn to use their intellect and skills productively and in service to others. The school has identified the following five core values as the ethical and moral guideposts that enable all of us in the Potomac community to develop good judgment and live principled lives: