In Geffen Academy's founding year, student created an honor code that encapsulated the key values of Geffen Academy and could serve as a statement that students could refer to in order to analyze any kind of behavior. All students are expected to adhere to the principles of the Honor Code, and more specifically, to their grade-wide and division-wide classroom behavior expectations, in their daily decision-making and operating as students of Geffen Academy. If and when it is found that students have contradicted the tenets of the Honor Code, a series of restorative procedures are in place to ensure the reparation of the wrongdoing.
These are the key elements of the Honor Code:
Integrity embodies the idea of “doing the right thing,” and furthermore, “doing the right thing even when nobody is looking.” Students at Geffen Academy strive to not only produce original work, but produce it ethically and honestly whether or not someone is monitoring them. The concept of integrity applies to academic endeavors and beyond. Students thrive to demonstrate integrity through their words and actions, especially as they pertain to the reputation of others.
Students at Geffen Academy acknowledge the incredible diversity they embody as a community; diversity across multiple threads of identity and experience. Students expect to work individually and together in a way that ensures all students have equal and fair access to opportunities that this school affords them, whether it be in the class or in co-curricular activities. When possible, students will use their identities and experiences to be allies and accomplices to each other.
Ability to Learn
All students deserve to learn at school in a safe, predictable, and stimulating environment. Students acknowledge that they are a community of learners, and their habits and behaviors in class can either support each other’s learning, or prevent maximum learning from taking place. Students will ensure their behavior is such that it does not interfere with anyone else’s ability to learn.
Ability to Thrive
All students deserve to be healthy and happy as whole people. When students are driven to thwart or hide important facets of themselves, they cannot flourish socially, emotionally, or academically at school. Students will not behave in a way that prevents others from being their full, authentic selves at school.