In addition to the required curriculum students will be taught about character and important values such as integrity, civility, hard work and compassion. The Core Virtues program allows schools to focus on one character trait per month, which is taught through reading and discussion. Students will be recognized for displaying said trait, and weekly lessons will be conducted reminding students of what the trait is and why it is important. By incorporating character traits into daily instruction we strive to raise the next generation of responsible citizens.

The Core Virtues program is a practical, non-sectarian approach to character education that complements the Core Knowledge Sequence, but was developed independently by Mary Beth Klee, author of Core Virtues: A Literature-Based Approach to Character Education. this literature-based program promotes the cultivation of character through the promotion of basic moral, civic, and intellectual virtues. It seeks to help children to fall in love with the good and cultivate a vocabulary of virtue. The Core Virtues program emphasizes such "core virtues" as" respect, responsibility, diligence, honesty, generosity, perseverance, courage, faithfulness, compassion, openness to inquiry, and humility.

Each month a different Core Virtue will be highlighted throughout the school via the Core Virtue curriculum. These virtues are addressed via explicit instruction, giving common definition and vocabulary to students and reinforced within the curriculum, for example using historical examples of individuals that have embodied the particular virtue or providing both fiction and nonfiction literature by way of reinforcement. Our goal is to produce students that are achieving not only academically, but will simultaneously venture to produce students who are aware of demonstrate the school’s Core Values.

For more information, visit: http://www.corevirtues.net/