Character and Crew

“We are Crew, Not Passengers.” - Kurt Hahn, educator and philosopher

Character education is a core component of Shorewood’s philosophy to educate the whole child. Both Lake Bluff and Atwater Elementary are committed to developing strong, reflective students that live as ethical people. Following the teachings of Kurt Hahn, each elementary community teaches our students to be active, engaged members of the community (crewmates), rather than passive individuals (passengers).

To develop a strong sense of community and build relationships with one another, students meet in several different Crews. From whole-school Crew meetings, to class-sized Crew every morning, to regular multi-age Crew where students from a variety of classes and grade levels meet, our students develop relationships with a wide variety of peers.