Core Values

ihsWe believe every child can succeed academically, but that it takes more than academics to break the cycle of poverty. As part of our focus on school culture and character formation, the Partnership Schools have adopted four core values that will provide the framework upon which our school culture and character formation will be built. They are: Integrity, Humility, Hard Work, and Service.

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Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching.” -C.S. Lewis

At Partnership Schools, we seek to give all students a clear understanding of the moral principles and virtues on which the Catholic faith and tradition is built. From that framework, we are committed to building a community where all individuals act with honesty, forthrightness, and respect. We hold ourselves to the highest academic and ethical standards, both within the four walls of the school building and as representatives of the school in the community.



Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”  -C.S. Lewis

Developing humility in our students means understanding and appreciating the unique gifts and potential of every member of the community, and working together to ensure that everyone works hard to achieve his/her highest potential. That requires hard work, selflessness, and an appreciation for what we can learn from everyone around us. It also implies judging ourselves not in comparison with others, but in light of our capabilities. And it requires us to focus on developing our gifts not for our own personal gain, but to serve others.



Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” -St. Francis of Assisi

 “Act and God will act, work and He will work”  –St. Joan of Arc

Hard work, persistence, and determination are essential to learning and success. At Partnership Schools, we expect all students, teachers, and leaders to work hard; to give 100 percent 100 percent of the time.



Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” -Albert Einstein

Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.” -Mother Teresa

At Partnership Schools, we aim to develop “young men and women for others.” We are committed to serving others, both within the four walls of the school and beyond. To that end, teachers emphasize cultivating individual student gifts, broadening students’ understanding of the community and the world, and using our gifts in service of the community in which we live and work.