12th Grade

Ethical Leadership

Moral questions often aren’t as clear as we’d like.  Life comes in shades of gray.  Moses Brown teaches kids to use Quaker values as a guide when things get murky.  Put simply, Quakers believe that every person has a divine Inner Light, and that no one has a unique claim on the Truth.  As such, everyone deserves love and respect, and bears responsibility for their own integrity and making the kind of community we all want to live in.  We demonstrate this shared responsibility and inherent equality, among other ways, through the Quaker custom of having adults and students address one another by their first names.

The transition to high school is a formative time in students’ lives. As the oldest members of the student body, seniors can play a significant role in welcoming ninth graders to the upper school and imparting the philosophy, culture, and values of the Moses Brown community.  This responsibility is one students take seriously, and which they pass on to younger students.  Peer Leaders will coach freshmen on school culture, diversity, time management, social innovation, ethical leadership, and decision-making.


In humanities courses, students discuss ethical questions, international conflicts, and the psychology of daily interactions.  They learn how government works and practice putting their beliefs into action with community and political leaders.  In science, they study humanity’s place in the world, and our effects upon it.  They learn how to responsibly interpret data and use it to guide important decisions.  In language classes, they learn to appreciate other cultures, and to view their own culture anew from someone else’s vantage point.  And in arts classes, they learn how to amplify the small voice inside them that is growing louder each day.

Student clubs and activities give students even more opportunities to apply their intellects and compassion to questions of social justice.

Examples include:

Student Senate
Debate Team
RI High School Regional Ethics Bowl
Varsity Athletics Captain’s Council
Ethical Leadership/Peer Leader mentorship (Freshmen/Seniors)
Collaborations in conflict resolution with Lower School students
Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Affinity groups
Environmental Council

Doing well by doing good was the hallmark of Moses Brown himself, and the school that bears his name encourages students to consider how their ability to innovate can address societal challenges, serving both others and the honor of their own character.

Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation

Brown University & Moses Brown partnership

Moses Brown and Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service are partnering to launch a new Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation program at MB in the fall of 2017.


Gara Field

Dir. of Global Education


Gara Field

University of Hartford – B.A.
University of Hartford – M.A.
Harvard University – M.Ed.
University of Connecticut – Ph.D.

Claudia Perlini

Upper School English, Ethical Leadership Tri-Clerk


Claudia Perlini

University of Florida – B.A.

Harvard Graduate School of Education – M.Ed.

Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English – M.A.

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