Character Development Program
The Character Development component of Horizon Academy’s commitment to holistic education has many facets. The school is non-denominational, and does not teach religion as a subject. Still, our Christian faith is strong, as is our commitment to fostering solid values in our children.
Our Handbook states our creed in addition to our History, our Mission, our Core Values, and our Promise.
- We believe in the power of our God, the source of all and the reason for all.
- We believe in celebrating, sharing, and living our core values.
- We believe in the power of education and the process of learning.
- We strive to create a challenging and nurturing environment of active and interactive learners. We respect the classroom as a place where we can take risks, discover our talents, and share them with others.
- We believe in teaching to the heart, mind, and soul of each child.
Each trimester of the school year is divided into two Learning Cycles, and each Learning Cycle has specific character values assigned to it, with the intent that these should be the focus of teachers’ discussions and activities in the blocks of time set aside for such activities each day.
The Character Values to be addressed during each school year as part of the Learning Cycle activities are as follows:
These character values are encouraged through books and classroom activities, sometimes school wide activities and projects, and constant verbal reminders of the values and the Bees which are, in effect, the school rules: Be There Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Thoughtful, Be Attentive.
As the years have passed since the inception of the school, there has been a steady progression of instances where the students have demonstrated difficulties in dealing with varied personal situations. The situations differ, as the students’ backgrounds differ, and their needs differ. The constant, unchanging fact is that all are affected by their varying situations to the extent that their academic performance and personal growth also become affected.
Character development, with a focus on building strong values, can be an asset for children as they grow so they can learn to cope with life’s challenges.
Horizon Academy teachers are licensed and trained teachers, all with the best intentions for their students at heart. But they are not counselors. The school has recently begun the building of a counseling program with a trained school counselor, to focus on education, prevention, and intervention services. Activities like a school wide Anti-Bullying Campaign and identifying students who can be worthy peer leaders have become part of this program.
When considered all together, the desired effect of Horizon Academy’s Character Development program is to do as much as we can to fashion our children into good people with strong morals and values.