An independent co-educational school serving preschool through Grade 8.

Character at Clark

As one of our four pillars, character development is an essential and intentional aspect of the curriculum at Stanley Clark.
Teaching students to positively influence others, as well as discern how others influence them, is critical for their success. Each year a school-wide theme is chosen to guide us in thoughtful discussion, reflection and interaction with each other. Recent themes include integrity, empathy, leadership, kindness, and responsibility. Each division chooses an age-appropriate book based around the theme that students will together read as a class. Inspired artwork is created around the year's topic and students learn what it really means to exemplify these important qualities. 
4th graders serving at Cultivate Food Rescue

4th Grade Students Serving at Cultivate Food Rescue

Leadership Development

At Stanley Clark, students lead by example, demonstrate good character, and exhibit responsibility and respect for others. Presenting and sharing in front of a small group is part of a typical classroom experience at all age levels. While leadership is introduced as young as preschool, the opportunities continue to grow and expand in age-appropriate ways as students progress throughout lower school and middle school. 

Cross-Divisional Leadership

Each year students participate in a school-wide buddy program allowing students from various grade levels to connect, work as a team, and learn from each other. Buddies meet regularly throughout the year during designated times for activities centered around the school-wide theme for the year.

An older student working with a younger student to create kindness bookmarks
Older student holding hands with younger students walking

Leadership Speaker Series

Clark Talks: Esse Quam Videri is part of the SCS Leadership Speaker Series supported by the Melissa L. Grubb Endowment for Leadership Studies. This endowment, supported by our donors, allows Stanley Clark to host events and speakers who can educate on leadership skills and self-development, overcoming incredible obstacles, showing determination through adversity, and sharing stories that will inspire our school community. Inspired by the TED Talk format, Clark Talks are events consisting of a series of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations, and performances dedicated to emphasizing our core values of integrity, work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit, compassion, resilience, passion for life-long learning, inspiration, creativity and developing the next generation of leaders.

An 8th Grade student presenting a Clark Talk on stage

An 8th Grade Student Presenting at Clark Talks

Service Learning

Compassion, respect and service to others are values integral to The Stanley Clark School culture and learning environment. Students from preschool through 8th grade engage in service learning as a core component of their education. From collecting hats and mittens for children in need to serving at various organizations throughout the community, students are taught what it means to care for others. Service learning happens both on and off campus and impacts multiple non-profit agencies each year.
1st graders holding a soup drive poster

Organizations We've Partnered With:

  • CASIE Center
  • ChildFund International
  • Cultivate Food Rescue
  • Feed the Children
  • Goodwill Industries of Michigan, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Healthwin Hospital
  • KIVA
  • La Casa de Amistad
  • Logan Center
  • Memory Project
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • The Food Bank of Northern Indiana
  • Pet Refuge
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Women's Shelter of the YWCA