Character First

At TPCA, we believe character education is essential in developing outstanding students. Whether at home, school, or in play, we agree on six basic values to define ethical behavior. These values are known as the Six Pillars of Character:

Trustworthiness – Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Respect – Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility – Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Fairness – Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Caring – Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship – Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

Our faculty and staff diligently design, review, revise, and implement structures and practices to support students in developing outstanding character. Students are guided daily in behavior constituting outstanding character through modeling, teachable moments, and conversations. Students have the opportunity to learn about fictional and non-fictional persons who exemplify outstanding character. Additionally, teachers utilize integrated lessons emphasizing the Six Pillars of Character while recognizing and celebrating student success.

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