Character Education at Oakstone
At Oakstone we believe in the education of the whole child, including character and leadership development. In addition to academic success, personal and social success must be considered. Behaviorally speaking, we desire for our students to not simply react to rewards and consequences, but think about their behavior at a deeper level.
At Oakstone, character education, leadership and service, is the foundation upon which our day to day is built. In addition to these traits being taught explicitly in the classroom, Oakstone staff is devoted to modeling these traits to students. Staff focus on utilizing the relationships they develop with students and teachable moments to integrate character development into daily academic instruction and experiences.
In elementary, our character education program encompasses the following words:
Students explore these character traits throughout the year with activities, lessons, children's books, teachable moments, contests, assemblies, the Oak Leaf school-wide incentive program, service projects and more!
In Middle School, students continue to explore and build upon their understanding and practice of the above traits. In addition to the methods used at the elementary level, a structured character education course is provided to the 5th and 7th grades as a valuable elective that continues to reinforce development and understanding of the traits. School-wide incentive programs such as "You've Been Spotted" and "Stepping Up and Standing Out" positively recognize students who practice the character traits.
In High School, character education continues to grow into a leadership course offered to 9th graders. In this course, the concept of character is expanded to encompass leadership in personal and career success. The following characteristics are taught and explored through this high school level course:
"Mom, do you know I would not be doing so well this year if it hadn't been for the things I have learned in Character class? It has taught me to be more respectful and responsible." -Oakstone Student
"Students are learning very valuable tools that will help them make good decisions in life's critical situations." -Oakstone Parent