"In a world awash with information, celebrity and clutter, and with many competing and contradictory ideas, it can be hard to find truth, and to reflect upon it. And in a world with so many pressures to achieve and get ahead, it can be hard to remain truthful. It's common in today's world to think that honor is outdated, a quaint notion from a simpler time last century. It's common to think that the only duties we have are to ourselves, to our own happiness and successes, to our own story.
That, though, is not the McCallie way. We are uncommon. We are McCallie."
-- Headmaster Lee Burns '87
At McCallie, we believe in values that go beyond our innate gifts and talents, values that demand us to strive to be better people. “Honor - Truth - Duty” is at the core of McCallie’s mission because they are a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of being, active not passive, mindful not instinctive. McCallie is not about what you are born with, but who you can become through what you are willing to learn and to do.
Honor reflects the choice of taking the high road, of living a Godly life. Honor is to be a person of your word and to do what is right, regardless of the circumstances or consequences. The act of seeking a life with honor, or at least striving to do so, shows respect for oneself.
Truth seeks to fully understand and value ourselves, others, and our Maker. Aim to celebrate the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual truths. Aim to accept responsibility for what you believe and how it influences the way you live. The act of seeking truth shows respect for the world around you.
Duty strives to put knowledge into action, fulfilling God’s plan for our lives and helping others do the same. Aim to be selfless and serve others by using your gifts and talents in a meaningful way. The act of seeking to fulfill our sense of duty shows respect for others.