Mission & Core Ideology


The mission of the Boggs School is to nurture creative, critical thinkers
who contribute to the well-being of their communities.



Core Values

- High levels of critical thought, creativity, and learning

- Excellence in teaching

- Authentic, trusting relationships

- Community empowerment

- Equity within both human relationships and the natural world


Core Purposes

- To provide the tools to achieve ambitious goals and live lives of meaning

- To nurture a sense of place and develop a commitment to a better Detroit

- To grow our souls by developing a connection with ourselves, each other, and the earth


Habits of Heart, Mind, and Hands

Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of others


Inclusion: The practice of interacting with others in work and play, no matter who they are or where they come from


Collaboration: Working with others to complete a task and to achieve shared goals


Creativity: The ability to make new things or think of new ideas


Health: The practice of making choices that promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being


Learning: Acquiring wisdom, knowledge, or skill


Self-Determination: The practice of having a goal-oriented and self-directing mindset


Courage: Facing difficulties with persistence and bravery; addressing wrongs/mistakes with integrity and accountability

Critical Thinking: Disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence