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Mission & Pillars of Bowden


Cheshire Academy is an internationally minded college-preparatory school that challenges its students to maximize their potential by developing the confidence, character, and critical thinking skills that enable them to thrive as global citizens.



Pillars of Bowden

Character development has long been a priority at Cheshire Academy. The Eight Pillars of Bowden are the ways in which we demonstrate our core values and basic beliefs, and are represented by the eight pillars that support Bowden Hall. Bowden Hall was originally built in 1796 and is one of the oldest schoolhouses still in use.


Be courteous, polite, tolerant, appreciative, and accepting of individual differences. Don’t abuse, demean, or mistreat anyone, including yourself. Don’t manipulate or take advantage of others. Respect the right of individuals to make decisions about their own lives.



Cultivate “the ability to respond,” which is the action side of respect. If we respect people, we value them. If we value them, we respond to the needs of others and feel a measure of responsibility for their welfare.


Show you care about others through consideration, compassion, kindness, and sharing. Live by the Golden Rule. Help others. Be sensitive to others’ feelings. Be charitable and giving of yourself.


Behave courteously in everything you do. Express an appreciation for community values through appropriate behavior. Acknowledge the worth of others by acting respectfully and responsibly toward them.


Play by the rules. Obey laws. Do your share. Respect authority. Stay informed. Participate in your community. Protect those around you. Volunteer your service. Protect the environment by conserving natural resources.


Be aware of the fundamental values of good and bad. Acknowledge your conscience, self-control, empathy, and sense of humility. Make decisions based on positive values, not desires.


Treat all people fairly. Be open-minded. Listen to others and try to understand what they are saying and feeling. Make decisions that benefit everyone equally. Think win-win. Take only your fair share.


Tell the truth. Be sincere. Don’t deceive or mislead. Don’t betray a trust. In relationships of trust, share important information. Walk your talk by being your best self and by showing commitment, courage, and self-discipline.

Civil Discourse


As reflected in the Eight Pillars of Bowden, Cheshire Academy strives to foster citizenship and responsibility among students by encouraging curiosity for and participation in the political process. We believe that the capacity to listen to others with opposing viewpoints builds empathy, understanding, and awareness. With this in mind, we encourage engagement in conversations where diverse viewpoints can be shared—also known as civil discourse.

Statement on Civil Discourse (PDF)

Pillar Cup Challenge



Each year, the Cheshire Academy community competes for the coveted Pillar Cup as part of the Pillar Cup Challenge. Students, faculty, and staff are placed on eight teams, each representing one of the eight Pillars of Bowden. They compete throughout the year in a series of competitions to earn points. The team with the most points at the end of the school year wins the Pillar Cup.