Our classical education relies on personal attention from excellent teachers. Washington Latin teachers are committed to our classical approach and particularly the use of Socratic seminars. They share a special devotion to student success, a commitment to creating a culture of learning, and the ability to manage a diverse group of students.
A trusting and gracious relationship between teacher and student is at the heart of every Washington Latin classroom. We aim for our students to trust their teachers so that they will speak out in class, make a mistake, lead a group, and extend themselves in any way possible. We aim for teachers to trust their students so that students can lead classes, speak out in disagreement, and challenge ideas. Our faculty are role models for our students, and learning beyond the classroom is considered as important as the formal lessons taught during class.
These ideas go beyond “teacher effectiveness” towards a commitment to modeling our core values of civility, intellectual curiosity, thoughtful and reasoned discussion of important ideas, and moral decision-making.