Head of School Welcome

©COONEY-111017-574On behalf of the MacDuffie community, thank you for visiting our website.

The MacDuffie School is a special place, and it all begins with our mission:

To foster in all students the intellectual habits of mind, high ethical standards, and respect for diversity required for becoming effective individuals in their personal and work lives, and moral and responsible participants in the world beyond.

Our mission speaks to more than just academics; it speaks to the foundation of a well-rounded global citizen. Sound intellectual habits, a sense of ethics, and respect for the diverse world in which we live are pillars of enrichment. We build on those pillars through our school values of CIRCLE (Community, Integrity, Respect, Creativity, Leadership, and Excellence). Each course, activity, and tradition at MacDuffie promotes the CIRCLE values in some fashion, from the leadership component of our curriculum to student-produced events in the Arts department to our annual Heart Week community-bonding tradition.

We balance a rigorous academic program with a warm and caring community. Our students come to us from the Pioneer Valley and across the globe. MacDuffie embraces the uniqueness of each student to create an inclusive environment; both our small class sizes (an average of 11 students) and our small school size (approximately 300) allows every student to be known by every adult. The result is meaningful connections that have a great impact on each student’s educational experience.

Although our academic standards are demanding, students are nurtured by their community every step of the way. Our Path to Excellence Advisor Program helps students understand and adopt our CIRCLE values and provides each student with faculty and peer support during their time at MacDuffie.

MacDuffie is a small school community with big school opportunities. Our students are welcome to participate in a broad range of activities (Model UN, Film Club, and Chess Club, to name a few); this helps our students discover their own passions and provides them with hands-on leadership experience. A sense of community and a wealth of choices exist side by side at MacDuffie.

We hope our website helps you discover what it’s like to be part of the MacDuffie community. We invite you to schedule a visit to see for yourself how our mission and values touch on every facet of life at The MacDuffie School.

Sincerely,

Steve Griffin, Head of School