9th 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.

Freshmen begin their upper school career at Moses Brown with a three-day, two-night orientation trip to a Friends Camp in Maine.  There they discuss the social challenges of the teenage years, how to use Quaker values and entrepreneurial thinking to address them, and the guiding lessons in MB’s two centuries of Quaker history.

Throughout their year-long Freshmen Studies class, they use case studies, guest speakers, and site visits to examine ethical questions and how social entrepreneurship can help them leave the world a better place than they found it.


Student clubs and activities give students even more opportunities to apply their intellect and compassion to questions of social justice.  Examples include:

Student Senate
Debate Team
RI High School Regional Ethics Bowl
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

Moses Brown and Brown University launch 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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