Character Education

Character development is seamlessly integrated into the curriculum by focusing on the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. Consistency of language has helped our students and faculty incorporate each pillar into their personal character. Every few weeks a new pillar is discussed and lived out through modeling and reinforcing. Giving students these tools will equip them with the knowledge and power to be productive citizens in the future. The study of character and its pillars has taken on many forms kindergarten through grade eight.

Character education is reinforced through a cross-curriculum approach. Students learn about the pillars of character through literature and analysis of themes relating to the pillars. They gain public speaking skills by performing skits embodying the pillars. Collaboration on art projects with different pillar themes provides the opportunity to work together. This encourages students to develop a variety of educational skills with the backdrop of strengthening their character.

Students learn that the power of one translates to making a difference to oneself and to those around them. Learning this important lesson starting in kindergarten enables students to gain a sense of personal responsibility for their actions. They understand how their behavior affects relationships with friends, teachers, and family members and in turn understand the importance of good character. 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.
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.