As part of providing a well-rounded, 21st Century education, St. Martin's strives to infuse what are called Mission Skills into its program. The skills are six important character strengths — teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity and time management. These skills are crucial for success not only in schools, but in life. In fact, the skills were highlighted in a 2009 study that looked at skills businesses value in their employees.

In 2011, St. Martin’s and 15 other similar K-8 grade schools around the country began the first year of a three-year experiment called the Mission Skills Assessment to gather data related to the six key skills with their Middle School students. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, N.J., the administrators of the SAT, is part of the data evaluation process. The evaluation tests the success of teaching and developing the Mission Skills, detailed below. 

List of 6 items.

  • Teamwork

    Cooperation, influence and conflict resolution. Students demonstrate teamwork when they find solutions to conflicts and demonstrate respect for others’ feelings. Good team members listen well and know how and when to include others. Effective students who demonstrate teamwork adapt effectively to different group situations.
  • Creativity

    Originality, progressiveness and imagination. Creative students generate new ideas. They synthesize information in new ways and explore new ideas eagerly. They pursue new concepts by asking questions that deepen their understanding.
  • Ethics

    Honesty and concern for others. Ethical students make decisions and take action based on the needs of the community and not just their own desires. They treat people with respect, sensitivity and fairness. They demonstrate honesty and trust.
  • Resilience

    A level of adaptability that allows individuals to survive and thrive in adverse conditions. Resilient students finish what they begin. They try hard, even after experiencing failure, and they see setbacks as temporary. They work diligently and independently as needed.
  • Curiosity

    Intrinsic motivation and what people do without external inducement. Curious students pursue opportunities for independent learning. They show enthusiasm for trying and learning new things. They ask and answer questions readily and they know how to ask the next question.
  • Time Management

    Determining one’s needs, setting goals to meet needs, and prioritizing and planning to meet needs. Students who manage their time well come to class prepared to learn. They pay attention in class and do not get distracted. They get to work and don’t procrastinate. They maintain a system that helps them complete their work and prioritize their tasks.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.