Academics

Character Education


Character development is seamlessly integrated into the curriculum by focusing on the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Consistency of language has helped our students and faculty incorporate each pillar into their daily life. Each pillar is discussed and lived out through regular modeling and reinforcing during the school year. Giving students an accessible reference equips them with the knowledge and power to be productive citizens.

The study of character and its pillars takes on many forms from kindergarten through grade eight. Character education is reinforced through a cross-curriculum approach that allows the simultaneous development of both educational skills and strength of character. Discussions and activities in classrooms, library, outdoor spaces, advisory groups, and family meetings center on the character pillars and remind students of the impact of their words and actions.

In literature classes and library, students become aware of the pillars of character and their impact through analysis of themes relating to the pillars. In the performing arts, they gain public speaking skills by performing skits embodying the pillars. In art, collaboration on projects with different pillar themes provides the opportunity to work together as the concepts are emphasized. In PE and recess, students are encouraged to exemplify the pillars as they participate in group activities. Discussions in advisory groups and family meetings reinforce behavior that aligns with the pillars.

Students learn that they each have the power to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. Learning this important lesson starting in kindergarten enables students to gain a sense of personal responsibility for their actions. They understand the importance of character and how their behavior affects relationships with friends, teachers, and family members. Ultimately, the prioritization of character at Harbor Day creates a positive learning environment because students are empowered to develop strong relationships and enjoy coming to school.
T R R F C C
Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are terrific:
T rustworthiness
R espect
R esponsibility
F airness
C aring
C itizenship 
Second graders are learning the tools to be internally motivated to be a person of good character by discovering what it looks, feels, and sounds like to have good character.
- Mrs. Oliphant, Second Grade Teacher

Harbor Day School

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Harbor Day School is a co-educational private independent K-8 school established in 1952.