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Our Foundation of Trust

We believe in character-driven education and academic excellence fostered by a supportive community that values the dignity, self-worth, and the potential of each individual. And we empower our students with the responsibility to both cultivate and maintain a culture of mutual respect where each student is known and valued for their unique contributions to our school. 

Upper School Honor Code

During the 20-21 school year, the Upper School student council revised the traditional Honor Code. Based on feedback from the entire community, they updated the pledge to better reflect our values as a school with a focus on respect, empathy, and belonging, in addition to our commitment to personal and academic integrity. The resulting Community and Academic Codes represent our unified belief that a strong community is built on a foundation of trust, compassion, and respect for one another.

The Community Code:
We, the members of the Severn community, value respect, empathy, and trust. To uphold these virtues we strive to regard others with civility, foster an environment of belonging, and exhibit character of unquestionable integrity.

The Academic Code:
As a Severn student, I pledge to value the genuine academic achievements of my peers and of myself, be accountable for my actions, and preserve the integrity of our academic system.

Middle School Honor Code

In accordance with Severn’s mission statement, students in the Middle School are expected to pursue excellence in character, conduct, and scholarship. This applies to all facets of student life in the Middle School. A strong community relies on respect for work, property, and one another. 

Our expectation is that Middle School students will not give or receive help on assignments unless permitted by their teacher and will not copy work from another student or other source and present it as their own. Middle School students are to be honest and trustworthy and are expected not to lie, cheat or steal. 

Lower School Honor Code

The Admiral Attitude guides our interactions and responsibilities as members of the Severn School community. 

Preschool – 1st Grade
  • I am safe. I will act safely.
  • I belong. You belong. We are a community.
  • I am respected. I will respect you.
  • I will learn. I will help you learn.
  • I will celebrate you and me.
Grade 2 – Grade 5
  • I have the right to a safe school; therefore, I have the responsibility to act in a safe manner that supports positive relationships and a positive learning environment.
  • I have the right to belong to my school community; therefore, I have the responsibility to accept and support others in my school community.
  • I have the right to be respected; therefore, I have the responsibility to be respectful to all students, faculty, parents, and guests.
  • learn in a manner that promotes creativity and excellence therefore, I have the responsibility to come to school ready to learn and to listen and respect others’ ideas, experiences and learning styles.
  • I have the right to celebrate my achievements; therefore, I have the responsibility to recognize and praise the success of others.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012
410-647-7700

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146
410-647-7700