Driven by the pillars of Character, Scholarship, and Service, RBHS seeks to:
1. Prepare young men to be compassionate, honest, disciplined, respectful, and courageous men;
2. Foster a community of academically curious young men who develop grit, perseverance towards academic challenges and who grow into lifelong learners; and
3. Prepare the young men to be tireless servants to their community.
Character is the first pillar. At RBHS character is defined as a set of qualities that will positively shape students’ thoughts, actions, and reactions. Students will display compassion, honesty, discipline, courageousness, and self-respect towards their peers, community, and society. Students will show respect by being polite, kind, helpful, and thoughtful.
The young men will show compassion for the well-being of the members of their school community and local community. They will be honest in all aspects of life and adhere to the academic and school honor codes. For example:
Academic Honor Code (example):
On my honor as a Young Man of RBHS, I have given my best effort and that I have not cheated or plagiarized.
School Honor Code (example):
On my honor, I will be a compassionate, courageous, disciplined, honest, and respectful young man in order to better myself, my school, and my community to the best of my ability
Students will display mental and physical discipline. They will respect others, the school, and the community by treating others as they would want others to treat them, by being courageous, and by being willing to stand up for what is right.
Scholarship is the second RBHS pillar. At RBHS, scholarship is defined as being academically focused with an understanding that success is the result not only of opportunity, but also of hard work. The young men will be critical thinkers who show determination and perseverance through academic challenges. Students will be academically curious and display an interest in challenging the process, even when it makes them vulnerable
Servants of the Community is the third RBHS pillar. Students at RBHS will show that they are servants of the community by being agents of change, and by showing commitment to improving RBHS, their school's surrounding community, their neighborhoods, their city. Young men of RBHS will understand that they represent; themselves, their families, their immediate community/ies, and the young men of District of Columbia Public Schools.