"Never do anything for a student that he can do for himself." St. Benedict’s recognizes the importance of granting students some agency over the environment in which they are learning. Based on the Boy Scout practices of grouping young men and putting them in leadership positions, St. Benedict’s places students - across grade levels - into groups which are run by a student group leader. Those group leaders work under the direction of the Senior Leaders (all students) who are responsible for the everyday operation of the school.
"Whatever hurts my brother hurts me. Whatever helps my brother helps me." St. Benedict’s exists because of the work of the Monks of the Benedictine Abbey of Newark who continue to work in and oversee the school. The monks live their lives on the basis of the Rule of St. Benedict which stresses the importance of living in community and being responsible to and for one another. These same practices are passed onto the students as community and shared responsibility are key aspects of the success.
"We’re only as sick as our secrets." St. Benedict’s recognizes that educating the heart is just as important as educating the mind. Therefore, St. Benedict’s has developed a counseling program to address psychological, emotional, and academic needs of the students. Individual and group counseling is available to all students based on recommended therapeutic practices and the success of self-help groups.
"Benedict’s hates a quitter." Rites of passage are important aspects of many cultures around the world. In a similar way, St. Benedict’s has developed many traditions and rites of passage that allow students to grow – and recognize that growth – within the community. These traditions and rites of passage continue to engage alumni – many long-after they’ve graduated – to try to help current students have a similar experience.