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Philosophy and Goals

My own image of Runnels School is not one of buildings, books, equipment and furniture. It is one of people caring about people…whether student, teacher, parent or visitor. My dream is that we will always be described as a caring school, no matter how large we become – because caring is the strongest force in the world.

Dr. L.K. Runnels,
Founding Headmaster

Runnels is a comprehensive school dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth of the students in our preschool through high school programs.

  • We believe that education is a cooperative effort among students, parents, faculty, administration and staff, designed to stimulate the creativity and academic achievement of the individual.
  • We believe in the importance of the individual and the value of a personal approach to education. We help each student to develop a realistic and positive self-image. We seek to develop self-discipline by encouraging positive behavioral traits. We respect the dignity of the individual and strive to discipline in a fair, consistent and caring manner.
  • We believe that a young person learns from his or her total experience in the school setting. Accordingly, we provide opportunities for social and physical growth in both the curriculum offerings and extracurricular activities.
  • We recognize that increasing in technical academic knowledge, social skills, and physical well-being is not enough for a complete education. We believe that a very important part of a child’s growth is developing an appreciation of the arts.  We strive to inspire this appreciation in many ways, and also provide an opportunity for self-expression in the arts.
  • We feel that each young person entrusted to us is important, and we consider it an honor and a privilege to be allowed to be a part of his or her life.

At Runnels, we aspire to the following goals for each student:

  • To read with understanding.
  • To write and speak clearly and effectively.
  • To calculate with accuracy.
  • To think critically.
  • To be creative.
  • To understand the world around us in general and America in particular.
  • To be inspired to search for answers.
  • To acquire the skills needed for successful library and internet research.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility.
  • To develop the skills of relaxation and recreation that enable people to enjoy life.

Additionally, it is our goal to aid students in becoming happy, knowledgeable and productive young people who are aware of and are considerate of others. Our concern is not only for what is being taught but also for whom we are teaching; accordingly, we maintain an environment that supports the individuality and needs of our students.