Mission and Philosophy

We recognize that choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a family will make. As such, we understand our responsibility to help you learn what is unique about The Crenshaw School. There is more to explore, and encapsulating all that is special about our school in not an easy task. The thoughts below are to help you learn about what we feel is most important about the Crenshaw experience.

The Crenshaw School’s mission is to prepare each child for college and for life. Our core character values are honor, responsibility, and achievement, balanced by caring and respect for one’s self and for others. Crenshaw is committed to small classes and small overall size, which allow for discovery and development of each student’s unique talents and passions, while providing more opportunities for individual participation. We believe an environment with a diversity of talents, abilities, cultures and backgrounds provides the richest and most fully rounded educational experience.

The Crenshaw School’s philosophy expresses who we were founded to be, who we are, and who we strive to become.

We celebrate as a positive good the fact that we have a student population of differing talents and abilities.Competition exists and is important at Crenshaw, as it is in college and life, but discovering the satisfaction that comes from becoming deeply and fully engaged and knowing that one is spending life in a meaningful way is an important life skill, regardless of whether one “wins” or “loses.” At Crenshaw, efforts are made to gauge the appropriate level of expectation from each student individually.

Inspiring faculty. If you ask Crenshaw students what is the most important part of their school experience, they would answer: teachers and the support and encouragement they provide each and every day. The Crenshaw School has a low student teacher ratio, small classes, and the personal commitment of our faculty to teaching, advising, and mentoring students with their own commitment to life-long learning.

Educating a child is a tremendous responsibility and we need you as our partners. Through the Crenshaw Guild, parents commit to a partnership with the school to educate and support our students in the development of their minds, talents and character.

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