Best Self Curriculum

The mission of The Loomis Chaffee School is to advance the development of students in mind, body, and spirit through rigorous academic programs, an inclusive community, and an emphasis on engaged citizenship. The school, as its Founders intended, seeks to inspire in its students a commitment to the best self and the common good.



The best self [curriculum] is not just about being the best you can be...but helping others be the best they can be too.

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The Best Self Curriculum (BSC) is woven into all aspects of your Summer Program experience. The 2022 program will be organized around the theme of BELONGING and cover topics including IDENTITY, INTELLIGENCE, INTEGRITY, AND IMPACT. For four weeks, you are asked to be introspective about what it means to be your Best Self and to consider how you can MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT.

Each week starts with a Community Meeting presentation. Throughout the week, you will participate in guided group activities, enjoy experiential excursions, and engage in intentional self-reflection on what you've experienced and how you reacted, which informs your understanding of who you are. 

Guiding you through your LCSP journey will be your ADVISOR who, along with your teachers, will get to know you quickly and help you make the most out of your Summer Program experience.

Our experienced faculty will help you to develop STUDY SKILLS with a special focus on GOAL-SETTING, TRACKING ASSIGNMENTS, and TIME MANAGEMENT.

Our STUDY SMARTER, NOT HARDER presentation is a game-changer! Scott MacClintic, Loomis Chaffee’s Director of Innovation, breaks down the neuroscience behind how your brain learns and offers a host of highly-effective study strategies that you can practice in preparation for your next school year.

Outside the classroom you will learn to express your ideas with competence and confidence by preparing and delivering a short ORAL PRESENTATION on a topic of your choice. You will also team up with friends and classmates for COLLABORATIVE GAMES, and embark on EXPERIENTIAL EXCURSIONS to local museums, hikes to points of interest, and more. Our favorite is when students share our talents and support their friends in the annual TALENT SHOW. Do you have a talent that you'll share? We'd love to see it!

Returning LCSP students and current Loomis Chaffee students are invited to participate in stage two of the Best Self, which we call Common Good Leadership