``And Remember, Be Your Best Self``

Character education is an important facet of our classroom curriculum. Referred to as P.R.I.D.E, Clariden’s character education helps students understand, care about, and act on core ethical values such as respect, justice, citizenship, and responsibility for one self and others. By obtaining these core values, we may form the actions that are the hallmark of safe, healthy, and informed communities. Clariden P.R.I.D.E. stands for:

    • Politeness – Thinking of others and considering their viewpoints before acting or speaking.
    • Respect – Treat others with kindness, empathy, and consideration.
    • Integrity – Act with honesty, own your mistakes, and do the right thing even when it is hard or no one is watching.
    • (Self-) Discipline – Be patient, with yourself and with others. Take control of your feelings and actions.
    • Embracing Opportunity – Try new things! Take the challenging road, follow a new path, and celebrate those that are brave enough to do the same.

Cougar Coach

Cougar Coach is a new all-school program to build relationships between students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. From STEAM challenges to community service, the Cougar Coach activities are designed to encourage teamwork, leadership, and mentoring opportunities within a fun and spirited environment. Although separated into three schools, Cougar Coach unifies the student body while building school pride and meaningful peer relationships.

Student Council

Grade 4 through Grade 12 are eligible to participate in Student Council. Student Council is a service organization that raises funds for various school activities and participates in several leadership development opportunities. Each Fall, elections are held among interested students for officer positions that serve throughout the school year. Student Council meetings are held once a month after school.


David Mathews

National Honor Society

Clariden students who are eligible may become members of the National Junior Honor Society (Grade 7 and Grade 8) or the National Honor Society (Grade 10 through Grade 12). This nationally recognized program fosters leadership, volunteerism, and college preparedness. For program details, visit www.nhs.us


Rissa Westerfield


Students self-organize volunteer efforts throughout the year. They are empowered to use their voices and write up their proposed activities for review by the Head of School. This not only teaches empathy, but fosters ingenuity in learning how to propose solutions for problems and challenges. From food drives to campus beautification days – parents and students come together as a Clariden community to make impactful changes.