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Academic Philosophy

Academic Vision Statement

A Cardinal Gibbons education inspires students to learn with purpose. Here, students:
• Discover and pursue their God-given vocations in a caring Catholic environment
• Grow as creative, discerning, and collaborative agents of their own learning
• Develop as conscientious members of a global, Catholic community

Portrait of a Learner

A Cardinal Gibbons learner is ...


Motivated, Determined, Collaborative

A Gibbons learner is motivated to achieve
their academic goals. They build strong
relationships with educators and peers, and
engage in work relevant to the world they
live in.

St. Paul told the Christians of Rome,
“and we know that in all things God works
for the good of those who love him, who
have been called according to his purpose.”


Curious, Brave, Engaged

A Gibbons learner is a problem solver.
They are willing to take risks, try new
approaches, and think critically about their
studies. They value intellectual growth over
extrinsic rewards.

Proverbs states that “the
Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes
knowledge and understanding.”



Resilient, Reflective, Perseverant

A Gibbons learner is strong. They know that
growth over time is the key to academic
success. They show resilience in the face
of adversity and remain focused on their

In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us that nothing is impossible with God.



Empathetic, Humble, Grateful

A Gibbons learner is a servant. They care for
the world around them and all who live in it.
They show gratitude when they succeed and
appreciate the community that surrounds

St. Paul tells the Ephesians to “be kind
to one another, compassionate, forgiving one
another as God has forgiven you in Christ”.


Academics Team

Nancy Barkan

Nancy Barkan

Assistant Head of School for Academics
Amy Ernenwein

Amy Ernenwein

Director of Professional Development
Treve Lumsden

Treve Lumsden

Director of Studies