Character Education


At Bethany School we recognize that character development is of utmost importance.  More so than becoming great mathematicians, writers, or scientists, we strive to help our students to become people of character.  To this end, we use the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, from which these core beliefs are derived:

There are enduring, universal moral truths – principles of thought and conduct – which distinguish right from wrong and define the essence of good character.

Character really counts!  In personal relationships, in school, at the workplace – in life – who you are makes a difference.

Character is not hereditary, nor does it develop automatically; it must be consciously developed by example and demand.

The Character Education program provides the core of Bethany School’s responsive classroom policy.  The following are the six pillars of character and their definitions as used at Bethany School:

Trustworthiness: be honest; don’t deceive, cheat, or steal; have the courage to do the right thing; build a good reputation; and be loyal—stand by your family and friends

Respect: treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; be tolerant 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; 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 choices

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

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; stay informed; be a good neighbor; obey laws and rules; respect authority; protect the environment

Our ultimate goal is to have the student know the good, love the good, and do the good.

If you would like more information about CHARACTER COUNTS! at Bethany School, you may contact Melinda Boyd, ext. 141.