Life Skills & Character Development

We want our graduates to be ready for college as good, well rounded individuals that are ready to take on the world.  As such, we are developing a character education program for our students.  This program will be tied to our name sake - John Adams.

“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.  The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.  Great necessities call out great virtues.  When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.” – Abigail Adams

A Life Skills Course is a required multiyear course that will be developed, monitored, and revised by a committee of founding parents, the principal and key staff members.  The Life Skills course or portions of the Life Skills course will be taught by all staff members with few exceptions.  College counselors and outside speakers shall be utilized as teachers.  The Life Skills course will provide three main functions:

  1. Teach life skills
  2. Provide character education
  3. College counseling objectives

The annual goals and standards of this course shall be developed by the Life Skills Committee.  Based on these goals and standards appropriate curriculum may then be chosen or developed.

As part of the life skills function students will learn basic skill such as money management, time management, study skills, social skills, consumer protection, social media awareness, smart phone management strategies, etc.  Research has shown that mastery of many of these skills can lead to greater collegiate success.
As part of the character education, students will study and discuss biographies of notable leaders and thinkers.  The course will provide a forum where students can discuss and consider the character of such individuals as a means to develop the students own character.  The character education component may also include one or more student organized service projects.
As part of the college counseling component, students can learn about admission requirements, college admissions essay writing, career planning, ACT and SAT course preparation, course planning, etc.  This portion of the course may work in conjunction with individual college plans.

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