Our purpose is to create individuals committed and able to repair the world. This universal purpose, Tikkun Olam, is one we share with all who seek to better our world and the lives of all people.
Our mission is to educate children and instill in our students a love of learning and the abilities to think critically, live ethically, and appreciate the value of each individual.
Our teaching and our community are grounded in the fundamental values found in the Jewish culture and shared by all who seek to better the world. We celebrate Jewish traditions and holidays and bring the values they represent to life in the ways we educate our children, build our community, govern our school, and utilize our resources.
- McGillis children practice Limud L'shma, learning for the sake of learning. Curiosity, experimentation, critical thinking, dialogue and debate are the foundation of our vigorous, secular academic curriculum.
- We practice Tzedakah, acts of giving freely to others. Our children learn that giving is part of living, and that Tzedakah is core to ethical, active citizenship.
- We actively seek Tikun Olam, acts of repairing the world, through understanding and action. As engaged learners, our children explore the complex issues facing our neighborhood and the world beyond, and develop and undertake acts of service individually and as a community. Our commitment to environmental stewardship is premised on this value.
- We care for each other in Gemilut Hasadim, acts of doing good and kind deeds . We are a diverse community, brought together by a commitment to raise and teach ethical, caring and inquisitive children. By doing good and kind deeds we strengthen our bonds across our many traditions and differences. We renew our commitment to each other by observing Shabbat as a community, through our family groups, and by the individual acts of loving kindness in the halls and classrooms of our school.
- We teach tolerance and kindness through Derech Eretz, having respect for all people and beliefs. McGillis is a school where children are safe, welcomed, accepted, understood and loved. Our desire to truly know and respect each other extends to our educational focus on the whole child, our curriculum's strength in ethics, world cultures and religions, and self expression through the arts.
- The McGillis School embraces the family we create within Kehilah, our community. We value and nurture a strong and vital institution that informs, includes and involves all members in our shared commitment to our purpose, mission and values. We seek to collaboratively promote the purpose and values we share with the greater Salt Lake community and the Salt Lake Jewish Community.
- We govern our school with Achrahyut, fiscal responsibility, transparency, and respect for the resources given to us by our founding benefactors Richard and Joanne McGillis, those who have helped to build our school, and those who will support our school for generations to come. The Board of Trustees is mindful of the trust placed in them to use resources wisely and to be accountable to their supporters, McGillis School parents and children.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The McGillis School is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community. The McGillis School embraces diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, belief, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning and physical abilities, and more. Our curriculum and teaching integrate divergent perspectives and educate about our complex, ever-changing world. We value and nurture a strong and vital institution that informs, includes, and involves all members in our shared commitment to our purpose, mission, and values. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining diverse students, parents, administration, faculty, staff, and trustees.
The McGillis School believes that a diverse and inclusive community is an essential element of a rich educational experience. In line with our mission and fundamental values, we encourage variety in our community to:
- foster diversity of thought and an open exchange of ideas;
- allow students to meaningfully encounter difference in order to grow personally and develop the foundational building blocks
- for their success;
- nurture moral and intellectual growth;
- foster a sense of place and purpose; and,
- prepare our students to effectively participate in a dynamic and increasingly interconnected world.
The McGillis School is committed to nurturing respect for diversity through its policies, curriculum, and programs. We are responsible for advancing an understanding of, and respect for, diversity through opportunities that raise social awareness and sensitivity to the issues of diversity. We teach tolerance, kindness, and respect. We recruit, retain, and support students, faculty, administration, staff, and trustees with diverse backgrounds.