A Moses Brown Quaker Education Builds Confidence and Character
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1. What is Moses Brown’s mission statement?
Our mission is to inspire the inner promise of each student and instill the utmost care for learning, people and place.
2. What is transformative about a Moses Brown education?
We are living in a time of massive change. From doubling of the Earth’s population in the past half century, to the connection of one billion users on Facebook in the past half decade, our world is both expanding and shrinking. It is exciting to live at a time when societies are becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent, forcing us to expand our thinking across national, cultural, religious and other boundaries . At the same time, globalization has spawned complex problems – e.g. climate change, economic instability – that also cross international borders and defy easy solutions. Confronting such challenges and opportunities in our classrooms require skillful navigation: preserving timeless values while exploring bold new ideas. Your child will engage with this collaboration and self-reflective work on a daily basis at Moses Brown.
3. What is guiding Moses Brown’s impactful teaching and deep learning?
As we gaze toward the future, we see three trends on the horizon, a convergence of attributes that will empower students to live lives of leadership, purpose and fulfillment: Expert Thinking (applying acquired knowledge to new situations); Global Awareness; and Ethical Leadership. This constellation of values will guide our development now and into the future. It will provide a framework for impactful teaching and deep learning, and enhance our ability to carry out MB’s mission.
4. What is the Expert Thinking Model and where does it exist at MB?
We believe in taking on challenges by collaborating, designing, and solving. Today’s students are exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in innovative ways, e.g. through Design Thinking and Engineering courses in the Upper School, Robotics in our Middle School, and a Lower School science curriculum that asks students to design and build prototypes. All MB faculty are trained in the precepts and methodology of Project-Based Learning, a teaching model that promotes team-based, creative problem solving. Project-based learning and design thinking are woven into classroom instruction and curriculum in all three divisions at Moses Brown.
5. What is Global Awareness and how is it instilled at MB?
We believe in best minds engaging with broadest perspectives. We believe in bringing our classrooms to the world and the world to our classrooms. MB TRIPs (Travel, Research & Immersion Programs) are a series of travel experiences, courses and programs that foster civic engagement and help students explore cultures, life experiences and worldviews different from their own. We believe in learning through experience and in applying knowledge to solve real problems.
6. How is Ethical Leadership emphasized through on MB education?
An environment that is safe and celebratory of difference allows us to uphold the Quaker values of equality, community, peace and integrity. Moses Brown purposefully seeks to form a community whose members represent the greatest variety of backgrounds and identities possible. Our community believes in inspiring mentors who foster passion and curiosity. We are committed to the challenge of confronting issues of injustice, discrimination, and intolerance. Our curriculum delivers on these goals by fostering in our students self-awareness, an actively ethical mindset, a respect for difference, and a willingness to confront injustice and make positive contributions in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Is there a dress code at Moses Brown?
The Moses Brown School dress policy is grounded in the Quaker tenets of simplicity and integrity. While our school recognizes a student’s need and desire for self-expression, it also believes that dress should be simple in nature and not distract others from learning. Student dress should demonstrate respect for the community at all times; in that vein, students are not allowed to wear hats indoors. Also not permitted are logos or graphics on the back of shirts, revealing necklines, shorts and skirts above the mid-thigh, and camouflage or other military garments. Lower School students cannot wear flip flips or backless shoes.
2. When is drop-off and pick-up? What if I can’t pick up my child right after school ends?
School begins at 8 a.m. for all divisions and ends at 3 p.m., except on Wednesdays when classes are dismissed at 2:00 p.m. The minimum class day for Nursery and Pre-Primary students is from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. each day although a full day option is available through 3 p.m. by opting to utilize the aftercare option with the same teaching team. Extended day is available for all Lower School students until 5:30 p.m. Charges for aftercare (Nursery and Pre-Primary) and extended day (Nursery through fifth grade) are hourly. Lower School also has an early arrival option from 7:30-8 a.m. Middle School students may arrive early or stay on campus after 3 p.m. if they are involved in art, music, or athletic co-curricular. Students also have the option to stay late to watch some of those events. They also may work independently in the Walter Jones Library or Orenstein Computer Lab. Upper School students often have arts and music commitments, athletic commitments, and/or meet with clubs/groups after school. Upper School students often are involved co-curriculars, and may also use the library or computer lab.
3. Are most MB students from the East Side of Providence?
Thirty-three percent of our students come from the Providence area; 55% are within a ten mile radius. Students represent all cities and towns in Rhode Island, and 130 commute from Massachusetts. We are also pleased to welcome several individual students who have recently moved to the United States from as far away as Brazil, China, and New Zealand.
4. What options are available for school lunch?
Students in Nursery through second grade bring a lunch from home each day. Beginning in third grade and continuing through twelfth grade, students have the option of purchasing lunch from the cafeteria using cash or a prepaid debit card or continuing to bring lunch from home. Upper School students may also buy lunch from Marc’s Place, a café in the Dwares Student Center. Menus are posted in the Daily Information Bulletin on the Moses Brown website as well as in the Lower School so that students may plan their lunch selection.
Moses Brown School is an independent, college-prep, Quaker day school in Providence, RI, for girls and boys in nursery through grade 12.