A School That Has an Honor Code Honors Its Students.
A System of Honor is essential in order for members of a community to work together in an atmosphere of trust. When there is an individual breach of honor, not only the educational process but also the moral fiber of a school community is threatened. Living in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect is a privilege not to be violated and not to be taken for granted.
A personal sense of honor ensures that a student can think for himself and share a sense of pride in his own work. Although it would be convenient and less complicated to concern ourselves solely with honor as it applies to academic work and testing, we must recognize that honorable conduct must pervade all of our actions and relationships with others. A student is accountable for his behavior first and foremost, and as a corollary, becomes a steward of the health of the school community. The student recognizes that it is in his best interest to guard jealously the safety and trust of that community.
To promote personal honor and integrity, CCES students are expected to live by an Honor Code. In Grades 5 through 12, students are expected to understand the Honor Code and to pledge to adhere to it. In the Lower School, the principles of the Honor Code are emphasized, encouraged, and enforced at an appropriate level.