Our Character Education Program
Students at BHCSA participate in the Character Choices Program designed to help students develop their personal character, become lifelong learners and transform into quality citizens within their communities.
Character Choices focuses on nine monthly traits, which are woven into the curriculum throughout the entire year. The Character Choices curriculum is aligned to Common Core Standards, making it a regular part of the school day and a part of the dialogue of the students’ day. Each trait is assigned a focus month to allow the students more time to delve into the true meaning of the trait.
The character education program is the vehicle through which a school culture of character is created. Our educational program clearly recognizes the obvious link between good character and academic achievement.
Crafting the student character is a top priority at Benton Harbor Charter School Academy. All of our teachers and staff work diligently to incorporate core values in everything from activities programs to the disciplinary code. Character Education is integrated across the curriculum and uses monthly themes to help students actualize the concepts they are learning.
Additionally, we recognize the value of reinforcing lessons learned in school with non-classroom activities including athletics, performing arts, mentoring, Service Learning, and participation of all students in character-building activities outside of the classroom. It is our goal to help students establish a moral compass and form habits they will need for a successful life through strong work ethics and personal integrity.
What makes our program so unique?
- Helps to develop social and academic behaviors
- Includes academic lessons that correspond with the traits
- Monthly assemblies and recognition
- Includes etiquette lessons to train kids for social settings now and in the future
- Includes community service activities each month
- Covers nine different traits throughout the school year
- Promotes parent and community involvement
- Is adaptable for students of all ages
- Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards
- Includes training on becoming tech-smart kids on social media
- Extension activities are included for families to get involved in their child’s learning
- The Annual Spring Character Choices Expression writing contest allows students to apply what they’ve learned for a chance at a scholarship
- And MUCH MORE!
Students and teachers work together to practice each trait in writing, reading and through their actions. Teachers are able to build Character Choices lessons into their everyday lessons through various activities, books, and demonstrations.
Monthly Character Traits
- September: Respect
- October: Responsibility
- November: Cooperation
- December: Compassion
- January: Good Judgment
- February: Integrity
- March: Perseverance
- April: Citizenship
- May: Courage