Character Education

Harbor Country Day School strives to create a learning atmosphere where our core values of integrity, open-mindedness, respecting others, empathy, forgiveness, and compassion are integrated not just throughout our curriculum, but woven deeply into the fabric of the school's daily life and culture. From the head of school's morning handshake as students arrive at school each day, to the time when the students step on the bus at the end of the day, the manner in which we talk, work, and interact with one another is as important as what and how we teach.

Throughout the school day, and in each grade, there are inevitable moments when children learn lessons from one another, and when teachers seize opportunities to teach the skills of compassion, empathy, and open-mindedness. The way in which a three-year-old shares her blocks a friend, how a second grader listens and responds to his classmate's sharing of a daily current event, or how an eighth grader leads his soccer team in a pre-game talk -- all of these experiences teach children about the fundamentals of character.

Character Education Programs