About the NJ Middle School Ethics Bowl

Welcome to the first-ever NJ Middle School Ethics Bowl!


Modeled after the National High School Ethics Bowl (http://nhseb.unc.edu), the goal of the NJ MS Ethics Bowl “is to teach students how to think through ethical issues together, as fellow citizens in a complex moral and political community.”



The Bowl is open to students in grades 5 through 8. Each team consists of at least three, but no more than 7 students. Each school may bring up to two teams.


This year’s participating teams are as follows:


All Saints Episcopal Day School, Hoboken, NJ

Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ

Far Brook School, Short Hills, NJ

Gill St. Bernard’s School, Gladstone, NJ

The Hudson School, Hoboken, NJ

Kent Place School, Summit, NJ

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ

The Willow School, Gladstone, NJ


Each team receives the same set of cases prior to the main event to practice.



An Ethics Bowl round is not a debate between the teams; instead, it’s a collaborative event during which students discuss their understanding of the ethical issues presented in each case. They defend whichever position they think is correct, provide each other with constructive criticism, and win by demonstrating that they have thought rigorously and systematically about the cases and engaged respectfully and supportively with all participants. Data from NHSEB surveys show that this event teaches and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for multiple points of view.



This year’s inaugural New Jersey MS Ethics Bowl will be held on April 30, 2019 at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ.



The event is being organized by The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School whose mission is to promote the practice of ethical decision-making in primary and secondary school communities (www.kentplace.org/ethics).Special thanks to Roberta Israeloff, Executive Director of the Squire Family Foundation, for her insights and inspiration, and to the Foundation for sponsoring the event.