Educational Philosophy

Starr King School’s educational philosophy is rooted in Unitarian Universalist values. We educate in ways that:

  • trust in an empowering and liberating grace that is larger than ourselves,
  • call forth the full, authentic presence of people,
  • welcome silenced knowledge, feeling and experience,
  • undergird human wholeness, integrity, interdependence and agency,
  • foster self-awareness and self-respect,
  • strengthen relational capacities and the ethics of community,
  • deepen knowledge and wisdom arising from engagement with primary texts and primary experience,
  • embody an ongoing practice of inquiry, study, action and reflection.

Our Educational Practices

Starr King School emphasizes student-centered, holistic learning that cultivates habits for successful ministry and effective religious leadership.

Our Educational Model

Starr King’s Emergent Educational Model advances Starr King as a school with “permeable walls” and opens the School to enrollment growth by making the School’s programs more flexible, focused on student-centered education. It asks each student to engage in three modes of learning: on-line learning, residential learning, and immersion learning.

Educating to Counter Oppressions and Create Just Communities

In our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world — a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully and without fear; a community where no one is exiled, silenced or exploited because of gender, gender expression, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual/affectional orientation, age, class, physical character or disability.