The Stuart Hall Graduate


Stuart Hall School has a rich history of a strong and rigorous academic program. As in every great independent school, there is continuous analysis of the program to meet the needs of students and provide the very best education possible. Beginning in 2014, Stuart Hall School analyzed all aspects of the academic and community life program and considered current educational research, including literature regarding the necessary skill set for successful students in the 21st​ ​century. This work resulted in the evolution of the Stuart Hall Graduate Goals, a list of key proficiencies: 

  • Honor and Ethical Decision Making 
  • Effective Collaboration 
  • Effective Communication 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Creative Innovation
  • Global Citizenship and Literacy 

The development of this skill set is the expression of the Stuart Hall program, stemming from a community-based, authentic learning curriculum, rooted in the liberal arts. Stuart Hall School has embedded the teaching of this skill set into the academic curriculum and community life program and uses the geographical setting of historic Staunton and its surrounding areas to provide opportunity and depth content and skill set development through the Staunton is Our Campus (SIOC) initiative. 


Critical Thinker

Critical Thinker


What do I want to know?


What are my ultimate goals and what is my course of action?


How do I interpret, analyze, and evaluate information to formulate an answer to my questions?

Reflect and Adapt

What have I learned from my work and how do I use what I’ve learned?


Creative Innovator

Creative Innovator

Foster Curiosity

How do I learn more about what I already know?


How can I use what I know in a new or different way?


What original ideas do I have?




Effective Communicator

Effective Communicator

Deliver Information

How do I effectively articulate my thoughts and ideas?

Receive Information

How do I understand the meaning and intention of others?

Demonstrate Information, Communication, and Technology Literacy

How do I ethically and legally access, evaluate, apply, and manage the information available through technology?

Demonstrate Media Literacy

How do I effectively use the most appropriate media tools?

Global Citizen

Global Citizen

Demonstrate Civic Responsibility

How do I actively participate at the local and global levels?

Develop A World View

How am I using my skills to understand global issues?


How do I learn from and interact with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds?




Honorable & Ethical

Honorable & Ethical

Demonstrate Integrity

What choices do I make when no one is looking?

Accept Responsibility

How do the choices I make affect my life and the lives of others?

Take Initiative

What skills do I use to begin or continue the learning process on my own?

Be Resilient

How do I work through frustration, adversity, or failure to continue toward my goal?


Effective Collaborator

Effective Collaborator

Demonstrate Leadership

How do I positively influence group members?

Show Respect

How do I embrace diverse perspectives?

Assume Accountability

How do I assume shared responsibility within a group?

Maintain Flexibility

How do I know when to lead and when to follow in order to reach a common goal?

Stuart Hall Voices

"Stuart Hall is a really diverse, but inclusive place where you can explore your passions and make friends quickly and easily." 

—Kate '21