Student Life

Honor Code

The underlying principle that governs the life of any member of the VES community is the school’s Honor Code.

VES Honor Code 

One shall not lie, steal, cheat or tolerate that behavior in
any other member of the community.
From its beginning, the students of VES developed the code as a beacon to guide the principled decision-making process faced by our students and faculty. 

VES remains committed to the belief that spiritual and ethical formation is a subtle process that occurs everywhere on campus. Jett believed that by living within the VES Honor Code, students would grow in both integrity and honor, and carry those characteristics into adulthood. 
The VES honor system today remains student-centered and student led. At the beginning of each year, all students and faculty sign an honor pledge during a ceremony held in Langhorne Chapel, a visible statement that each member of the community is held to a very high and important standard. The Honor Committee invests hours in educating students about how to live a life of honor. These educational discussions occur in small groups and during Honor and Integrity Week, where guest speakers share their thoughts on how living within an honor code impacts their professional lives today.
"What I will cherish about VES forever is that it taught me three wonderful and absolutely fundamental things. 

It began to teach me how to get along.
It taught me how to study.
And it taught me the meaning of honor."

– Rev. George Bean ’35
A College Preparatory, Independent Boarding and Day School for Students in Grades 9-12
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