The Palma ISOs are based on The Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education. Guided by this philosophy, Palma educates young men who take responsibility for:
Spiritual/Moral: living as individuals with a strong foundation in Christian values and beliefs. The Palma student:
- Attends liturgical services and retreats with prayerfulness and respect.
- Understands and respects Catholic beliefs, practices, and traditions.
- Is mindful of daily participation in prayerful activities.
- Considers and applies Christian values in his daily life.
- Understands the inequities related to poverty.
- Supports efforts that promote social justice.
Intellectual: demonstrating an appreciation for learning in a changing world by thinking and acting critically, independently, creatively and collaboratively. The Palma student:
- Analyzes and responds to problems and questions.
- Develops and articulates thesis statements, arguments, and explanations.
- Considers and evaluates multiple solutions.
- Utilizes technology and resources to access, interpret, evaluate, and present information
- Makes deliberate academic choices that lead to success in college and future careers.
Physical: developing the knowledge to make healthful choices, to maximize skills for lifelong enjoyment of physical activity, and to master sportsmanship. The Palma student:
- Has respect for the body as the temple of the spirit.
- Embraces the value of fitness and physical development.
- Understands a wide range of heath-related issues.
- Values sportsmanship by exhibiting respect for competitors on the playing field and peers in the classroom.
Social: interacting with others effectively and in a manner that reflects the Christian values of respect, compassion, and service. The Palma student:
- Develops constructive personal and professional relationships.
- Displays appropriate behavior in school and in the community.
- Shows respect for others through behavior and speech.
- Remains goal oriented and open to the contributions of others when working in groups, and can skillfully resolve conflicts or disruptions.
- Participates in and thoughtfully reflects on Christian service.
- Demonstrates compassion for the poor and marginalized.