The behavior code of the Bishop Marshall School is one made up of many rules, but it is not at its heart a rule-based code. That is, it is not our intention, nor even within our powers, to write a set of rules that could encompass all the possible ways students might contrive to behave inappropriately. Nor is it our intention to define in detail all the ways in which they might act with good judgment.
It is our expectation as a school that students will strive to be virtuous. We want for them to ask themselves about an action, not “Is it permitted?” but, “Is it just, or wise, or fair?” In other words, “Is it right?” We want students to relate to one another, to parents, and to faculty, in the spirit of agape, the Greek word the early Christians used to describe the love for each other towards which Christians are supposed to strive. In this way, each of us can have as our end the betterment of each person in the community.
Students learn self-discipline best when they know what is expected of them, and such expectations are clearly and consistently upheld, in practice and by example. As teachers, we do our best for our students when the expectations we set for them at school are in line with what parents insist upon at home. We ask that parents take careful note of the Code of Conduct and that they are supportive at home of our efforts at school. The school is in a partnership with the parents of each child who attends Bishop Marshall School. At different times, each student, teacher, and parent will almost certainly have need to consult the four cardinal virtues (courage, wisdom, temperance, and justice) and the three theological ones (faith, hope, and agape).