Character Education

What is character education? In 1999, the Character Education Partnership defined character education as "the deliberate effort by schools, families, and communities to help young people understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values."

 It is our goal to help both the parents and the community instill good character in our students through a variety of character building activities at our schools. 

 Listed below are just a few of the activities that are occurring in our schools. For additional information, please call your school principal.

 Developmental Assets:

  • Search Institute ( identified 40 positive experiences and qualities that all of us have the power to bring into the lives and children and youth, which are called developmental assets. Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets® are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults. Each school principal has attended a workshop on the 40 developmental assets and shared information and ideas with his/her staff. The assets are spread across eight broad areas of human development and include:
    • External Assets
      • Support
      • Empowerment
      • Boundaries and Expectations
      • Constructive Use of Time
    • Internal Assets
      • Commitment to Learning
      • Positive Values
      • Social Competencies
      • Positive Identity

Life Skills

  • Many of our schools also use Life Skills during the year as part of their character education program. Life Skills focus on the important pillars of character: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness/justice, caring, citizenship, honesty, courage, diligence and integrity. The principal will focus on these topics during morning announcements, assemblies, parent meetings, and student interventions.

Safe School Ambassadors Program (

  • Community Matters developed a program called Safe School Ambassadors to address the issue of school bullying and violence. Many of the 40 developmental assets mentioned above are incorporated into this program. The program trains students to notice the four different types of mistreatment: exclusion, put-downs, bullying and physical mistreatment and to act by saying or doing something to help. Five of our schools have been trained in this program and our goal is to train the remaining schools in the near future.


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