Habits of a Scholar
Our Habits of a Scholar program is the result of a district-wide effort to select the character skills and habits of mind that help people lead successful and fulfilling lives. These habits, Executive Skills, Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Compassion, and Teamwork are reinforced in all classes and through advisory. Students also receive feedback on their report cards.
Executive Skills: Plan, organize and manage behaviors and responsibilities. Why it’s important: Strong executive skills enable a child to stay focused, plan ahead, strategize, and recall information. Habits such as time management, organization, and the ability to start a task and sustain focus are not only pertinent to success in school, but success in future careers.
Perseverance: Persist through challenges. Why it’s important: Angela Duckworth’s research has demonstrated that a student’s “grit,” or ability to persevere, is a far better predictor of grade point average (GPA) and graduation than IQ measures or test scores.
Enthusiasm: Pursue passions and show a love of learning. Why it’s important: Frederick Williamson observed, “The longer I live, the more certain I am that enthusiasm is the little recognized key to success." When our students enter the workplace, enthusiasm can impact not just getting a job but succeeding in that job and advancing in a careers.
Compassion: Be considerate and respectful of self, others and the world around us. Why it’s important: One of the main benefits to cultivating compassion in your child’s life is that research shows that being compassionate builds happiness and happiness is contagious.
Teamwork: Work with others to achieve a common goal. Why it’s important: People working in teams tend to learn more by their interactions with each other. Working in a team helps children practice appropriate social interaction and grown into more confident and social individuals who are comfortable in their own skin.