At McDonogh School, teachers and students are partners in learning. The academic program, founded on the belief that all children want to learn, seeks to develop each child’s potential through authentic learning experiences that engage his or her sense of intellectual and emotional ownership. The program’s mission is to ensure that each student develops imaginative, curious, analytical habits of mind, in a rigorous academic setting, preparing them to take risks in order to enter – and to better – the complex world in which they live. Through close, compassionate relationships with their teachers who celebrate and respond to each child’s individual needs, McDonogh’s program is dedicated to producing citizens who enter the world as resilient, lifelong learners of strong character.
The following are five principles of teaching which McDonogh's educators embrace:1.Students, working as partners with their teachers, should always feel a sense of ownership in their learning.
2.The primary goal of all learning is to develop dynamic, adaptable, and imaginative habits of the mind ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.
3.Diversity must be embraced and celebrated.
4. Each student should understand that she or he is a citizen of the world and has a responsibility to the well-being of the planet and its people.
5.Learning should be connected to the wider world so that meaningful connections between the classroom and life can be made.