The school follows the philosophy which is best expressed in the five pillars which form the acronym IDEAL.
The students are taught to appreciate, value and respect all cultures, religions and languages. They learn to see themselves as global citizens and are asked to look beyond gender, class, race, nationality and culture to understand human nature.
Teaching students both the values of democracy and the importance of active participation in democracy is essential. Freedom of thought and speech is greatly encouraged and appropriate forums and channels of communication are set in place. They are trained and expected to share in the running of the school.
Students are expected to demonstrate an active interest and concern for all natural environments, to be aware of proven problems and to play a practical role in tackling environmental issues.
School arranges outdoor and extra-curricular activities that challenge and strongly engage students, individually and within groups – in ways that promote personal growth and self discovery. All students are expected to participate in these activities which foster a spirit of adventure and the realization that students can be so much more than they might have imagined.
The school provides opportunities for student leadership in the school's community. Leadership roles, held by senior students, in particular, are substantial and range from management of house-keeping positions to holding key leadership positions. A high level of responsibility is passed on to students individually and collectively.