The Center for Ethics aims to engage with the greater community on every level, which includes offering exciting opportunities for local high school students. 

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Ethics Circles

The Center for Ethics supports Ethics Circles in local high schools. Students learn principles for collaborative discourse and apply those values to discussions of ethical issues, under the guidance of a trained teacher-coordinator. Each school is running at least 12 such discussions during the academic year.

Ethics Circles enhance students' analytical, communication, and leadership skills and build capacities for empathy, reflection, deliberation, and dispute resolution in students' approaches to contemporary moral problems.

  • Manchester West High School
  • Manchester Central High School
  • St John's High School (Shrewbury, MA)
  • White Mountains Regional High School (Whitefield, NH)
  • Bishop Guertin High School (Nashua, NH)
  • Goffstown High School
  • Bishop Fenwick High School (Peabody, MA)
  • Merrimack Valley High School
  • Bishop Brady High School (Concord, NH)
  • Franklin Academy High School (Malone, NY)
  • Bow High School
  • Oyster River High School (Durham, NH)
  • Nashua High School South
  • Manchester Memorial High School
  • Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH)
  • Bedford High School
  • Hopkinton High School


Ethics Labs

High school students participating in an Ethics Lab

An Ethics Lab is a guided discussion on an ethical issue led by a subject-matter expert, such as a community leader, businessperson, or Saint Anselm College professor. 

Past topics include:

  • Michael Martin (Pinnacle Mortgage Corp.), Ethics of fast fashion
  • Connie Roy-Czyzowski (Northeast Delta Dental), "Is it ever permissible to lie in a job application or interview?"
  • Dr. Liana Pennington, "Police Surveillance and the Law”

Goodchild High School Ethics Bowl

Each Ethics Circle is eligible to form teams for the National High School Ethics Bowl. Read more about it here.

Students from Franklin Academy participating in the Ethics Bowl

On-Campus Kickoff and Capstone Events

We invite our high school students to campus for a kickoff event in the fall, and a capstone event in the spring. Over 80 students attend each event, which include discussions led by Saint Anselm College faculty members, ice breakers/games, and other activities that expose them to the college campus and community

Access Academy

The Center for Ethics supports the Meelia Center for Community Engagement’s Access Academy program, an afterschool program that gives Manchester high school students who are typically underrepresented in higher education the opportunity to take classes for credit toward graduation. The Center for Ethics has supported multiple classes taught by Saint Anselm College student instructors since 2019: Ethics in Your World, Ethics in Law, Ethics in Literature, & Ethics in Psychology.

Saint Anselm Drone Camp

The Saint Anselm Drone Camp provides high school students with an exciting opportunity to learn how to build, program, and fly drones. This five night camp on Saint Anselm College’s beautiful campus provides students with an introduction to computer programming, aerial drone flying, and ethics, all while experiencing the College’s award-winning college dining, fun recreational activities, and new friendships.

Learn more about the Saint Anselm Drone Camp

Contact Us About Ethics Circles

To contact us about starting an Ethics Circle in a new school or for other queries related to this program, please email or call:

Max Latona, Executive Director
Center for Ethics in Society
(603) 641-7230