The teaching of character development, good citizenship, and leadership begins with the youngest students at USJ and is stressed at all grade levels.
Lower School students have character education classes as part of their curriculum. The Advisory System in the Middle and Upper Schools offers students academic and personal support and provides opportunities for discussion to promote good character and a greater sense of school community.
Students learn in an environment of trust and responsibility. They do not need a lock on their locker, nor do they worry about leaving a backpack outside of a classroom.
Upper School students formed a student Honor Council to emphasize that student conduct is a matter of honor. Each year, students pledge to follow an honor code, which is predicated on the assumption that all students are honorable young men and women who have the right to be trusted.