Honor is a value that Christ School students prize unequivocally, because they understand the vital importance of steadfast and trustworthy character in their academic, athletic, social, spiritual, and all other doings.
Christ School boys represent a wide variety of geographical, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Moreover, they are individuals of diverse interests and values. But as long as the boy is honorable, he is a respected and welcomed member of the community. Honor is a value that Christ School students prize unequivocally, because they understand the vital importance of steadfast and trustworthy character in their academic, athletic, social, spiritual, and all other doings. Therefore, they do their best to create and maintain such a community. The Honor Code binds our students to that goal in mind and in heart. As the administrative body of the Honor Code, the student-elected and student-run Honor Council serves the community by preserving the sanctity of truth and promoting the tenets of gentlemanly conduct on campus.
As our Sixth Formers near graduation, they are awarded status no longer as “Seniors” but as “Gentlemen.” It is the matured student’s ultimate goal. But every boy has an earnest desire to adhere to certain characteristics of a Gentleman, and to expect the same adherence from their peers. Among those characteristics is an abstinence from lying, cheating, or stealing. Students treat honesty as the key to living honorably. Therefore, the Honor Council’s role at Christ School is to enforce such abstinence. All students are expected to sign and uphold this honor pledge: “On my honor as a student at Christ School, I pledge that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this work.” By voting for Council members, the student body is directly responsible for its growth and collectively upholding its common ideal.
The Council is comprised of one student elected to represent each of the five grades, as well as a number of elected at-large members. Two appointed faculty advisors assist in its administration, but the responsibility for preserving honor in the community resides with the students.