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

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

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

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

Mastery - A level of great skill developed after continuous effort

Grit - The continuous effort of working through challenging tasks

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

Resourcefulness - The ability to overcome problems or make due with what is available to create a solution

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