From its earliest days, Kinkaid has emphasized both academic attainment and character development. Margaret Kinkaid described her ideal student as " the intellectually capable boy or girl of sound character whose talents, interests, and uniqueness are educational assets for other Kinkaid children." Today's Kinkaid remains faithful to its founder's calling, valuing its students for their potential, as well as their achievement, and striving always for their balanced growth_intellectual, physical, social, and ethical.
Kinkaid recognizes that the primary responsibility for instilling and strengthening values resides with parents. Nevertheless, the School can and should play an important character education role as well, and has established four core values that form the basis for Kinkaid's efforts to increase its emphasis on character development.
Kinkaid's Four Core Values
- Honesty: Members of the Kinkaid community tell the truth and act with integrity and honor. We do not mislead, cheat, or steal.
- Responsibility: Members of the Kinkaid community are reliable and hold themselves and others accountable for their actions. We do not make excuses, blame others, or take unwarranted credit.
- Respect: Members of the Kinkaid community affirm the intrinsic dignity of all people. We act with tolerance, courtesy, and thoughtful regard for all persons, for property, for the environment, and for ourselves.
- Kindness: Members of the Kinkaid community exhibit caring and compassionate behavior in all aspects of daily life. We are not mean, do not harass nor act in a cruel manner. By our positive example, we discourage unkind behavior in others.