Core Values

Buckeyes are innovative thinkers, Makers and Doers. We are not afraid to make mistakes or to try something new. For us, success is in the doing, mistakes are simply road markers we use to find another way. At Buckeye, we understand that failure is an integral part of success and that comfort is the antithesis of durable learning. 

We love being outside of the box and outside of our comfort zones where we can test our courage and develop our confidence.

Buckeyes are trailblazers using our curiosity and creativity to joyfully explore the world. We love sharing our enthusiasm and our community is open to everyone. We include peoples from all races, religions, regions and beliefs, Buckeye is LGBTQ affirming and all inclusive. We stand up for what we believe is right and work hard to protect people, animals and environments that need our help. 

Here are our Core Values, these are not aspirational, these are who we are. If the next bit blows your hair back, then Buckeye may be the perfect place for your child and family. 

Courageous - Many people think we are impossible, they can’t imagine a school that puts so much trust into their students. We get to study what interests us most, using the tools we like best. These include chop saws, power drills, band saws, pocket knives, spray paint and glue guns.

Innovative Thinkers, Makers and Doers - look at what we achieve. One of us thought of a rocket ship, the rest of us came together to manifest it. When done, it will be 3 stories and 24’ high! 

Passionate -Have you ever seen a dance troupe with so much enthusiasm or an 8 year old child march for her beliefs? These things are not unusual at Buckeye, we seeds are engaged, we are learning who we are, what we love and the things we are great at. 

Joyful - most days it’s like a version of Disneyland in here. Our program is designed for us to overcome intense challenges, challenges and goals we have set for ourselves. Unlike where everyone gets a trophy, our accomplishments are earned through hard work and perseverance. Few things generate joy like overcoming obstacles with one's own grit and determination. 

Curious & Creative - Our curiosity drives our creativity. Buckeyes design and build boats, dog houses, bridges and rocket ships. We write novels, travel to far off places, draw stories, enact plays, choreograph dances, write songs, plant farms, paint pumpkins, sing and more.  

Outside the box - At Buckeye, we don’t have grades, we don’t take tests, we don’t have homework and yet our kids solve complicated real world problems like, ‘How do we finish this bridge?’ At BFS, we are so far outside the box, we often have to remind our students when they are learning certain subjects because our interdisciplinary, experiential approach doesn’t feel like a typical test. For example, finishing the bridge is a sophisticated, complex challenge involving applied math, physics and geometry in order to safely engineer the rest of the bridge. Instead of a written math test, we are tested to create something that can safely carry us and the people we love across the pit of despair. 

Buckeyes are Inclusive, Kind, and Caring. Our doors are open to everyone. Most students, parents, and teachers at Buckeye are not Quaker;  we follow varied religious and spiritual traditions, but our identity as a Friends School is central to who we are. We believe everyone is of equal worth because there is that of God in us all.  

Someone once asked our founder Kristie, if Jesus created a school today, what would it look like? We believe it would look a LOT like Buckeye. A place where everyone has value, a place where we listen to one another whether we agree or disagree, a place where we can learn to tolerate discomfort, to respect differences and most importantly where we can work together to make the world a better place. 

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