Character education is an integral part of the Lower School. Both the Lower and Middle Schools participate in a program called The Leader in Me. It is a very positive social-emotional learning program based on author Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.
The goal of The Leader in Me is for students to understand that they all have the essential qualities to become leaders. The Leader in Me also helps to create a common language within our school by teaching students the 7 Habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive • You’re in Charge
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind • Have a Plan
Habit 3: Put First Things First • Work First, Then Play
Habit 4: Think Win-Win • Everyone Can Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood • Listen Before You Talk
Habit 6: Synergize • Together Is Better
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw • Balance Feels Best
Every Monday, the whole Lower School gathers together to instill a sense of community, to discuss the seven habits and to give out “Way to Go” awards, which are certificates that celebrate and reward good behavioral choices based on the habits. These may be given by a teacher or another student who witnesses children following these precepts. There are also class meetings where students gain a sense of community, responsibility and caring for others. Leadership Week takes place at the beginning of the school year to help children understand that good leaders are kind to others, and that this is valued and expected in Lower School.
In our Lower School, we strive to help children develop self-esteem and lifelong learning skills in a safe, nurturing and diverse community. Each student’s personal success is ensured through a stimulating and personalized college-preparatory curriculum focusing on the growth of the mind as a whole.