Mission & Motto
Within an exponentially changing world, Wyoming Seminary dares to teach our students to honor and strive for the true, the beautiful, and the good.
Wyoming Seminary’s school motto, "Verum, Pulchrum, Bonum" not only served as the guiding spirit of Wyoming Seminary in 1844, but remains the words by which we live today.
Sem graduate Howard Gardner ’61 embraced this motto, as was evidenced in an interview where he defined “the lasting values summarized in the triad: truth, beauty, and goodness." Gardner stated, "When I talk about truth, I’m talking about science but also folk knowledge; when I talk about beauty, I’m talking about the arts, but it could be nature as well; when I’m talking about goodness and evil, I’m talking about morality.”
The values expressed in Sem’s motto distinguish us. They express the Sem difference: we dare to teach students the truth that character matters; we emphasize the importance of friendships with others who look and think differently; we instill goodness. We stand for something, and we are proud of it.
As an independent college preparatory school, Wyoming Seminary seeks to create active learners, responsible citizens, community leaders, and ethical individuals ready to take their place in the global community of the 21st century.
True to our traditions and our values, Wyoming Seminary is committed to supporting promising students from varied backgrounds.
Our curriculum emphasizes competition and collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, self-respect and respect for others.
We challenge our students to discover their talents and their passions by offering an integrated program rich in artistic, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities that complement the school’s core commitment to academic excellence, personal integrity, spiritual growth, and community service.
It is unquestionably true, beautiful, and good that the world is made up of diverse people. Wyoming Seminary strives to build a learning environment that reflects the disparate cultures, religions, languages, backgrounds, identities, and perspectives of our world. To that end, our school seeks to encourage the application of students and the hiring of faculty, staff, and administrators who represent diversity. Sustaining and nurturing such a community is an ongoing process, and we will continue to foster the respect, empathy, and curiosity that allow it to flourish.
Wyoming Seminary is accredited and/or licensed by the following organizations: The Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Education and by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Wyoming Seminary holds membership in the National Association of United Methodist Schools and Colleges, the Association of Boarding Schools, the College Board, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Secondary School Admission Test Board and the Council on Religion in Independent Schools.
Wyoming Seminary admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs.