Core Values

SySTEM Scholar Values


Respect and Humility

There are people and things in this world with more authority than us. We will enjoy life the most when we respect them and think of others more than ourselves. This is the foundation for justice, goodness, and peace.


We are very valuable. We have different backgrounds, we see the world differently, we act differently, we enjoy and care about different things, we laugh at different things, and we are good at different things. We must be true to who we are and all that we will become.

Compassion and Empathy

We will act to help and understand others, even when it costs us a great deal. We will believe the best about others, focus on their strengths, and wish good things for them. This will result in a strong community and will motivate us to help empower other people.

Optimism and Hope

No matter what happens, we will courageously focus on what is good, what is right, what is pure, what is noble, what is excellent, what is praiseworthy, what is admirable, what is possible—and how to make these things come true for ourselves, for others, and for our world.

Stewardship and Restoration

We have limited resources in our world. We will take good care of the things we have and leave things better than we found them in our school, in our community, and in our world.

Wisdom and Truth

We will follow principles that have been proven true over time. We will also think deeply about how these apply in situations today. We will be curious. We will become aware of what is wrong in our communities and in our world. We will think creatively, critically, and logically about how to make these things better.

Perseverance and Excellence

We will become who we are meant to be and do what we have been empowered to do in our community and in our world. We will overcome challenges and do whatever it takes to do what we have said we will do at the highest level of quality. This will require urgent, sustained, hard work and problem-solving skills. It will require silencing distractions around us and inside of us. It will involve self-discipline and self-control, diligence and determination, tenacity and delayed gratification.