The exploration of what it means
to be an ethical and responsible member of society forms the core of Ethical
Culture Fieldston School’s curriculum and community. We value economic
and racial diversity, and we honor all of our students for their unique
contributions, cultural background and beliefs.
We encourage students to
identify and develop their personal code of ethics and we help them uncover the
ethical dimensions of their everyday interactions with others.
Ethical learning at ECFS is based on the personal, social, and intellectual development of students and responds to the moral issues that our students experience and witness in the world. In that context, we offer a course of study that identifies moral and social intersections, draws on our school’s ethical humanist traditions and expands student understanding of the larger field of ethics. At ECFS our unique approach consists of a formalized program and pedagogy that builds skills of critical inquiry and self-examination at each stage of development so that a student’s social, emotional, academic development is addressed hand in hand with moral development.
We consider service to be critical to the development of character, so we incorporate community service into the children’s school experience from the earliest grades. Felix Adler’s idea of “diversity in the creed – unanimity in the deed” is the living foundation that informs our extensive Community Service Learning Program.We are actively developing and expanding existing programs to allow students to engage in service that is sustained over their years at ECFS and aligns with the curriculum at each stage of their development.