Character Education

At Monte Vista, we believe in educating the whole child: that means academically and socially. We have adopted a character education program based on the six character traits: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. The character traits are the foundation for showing good character from the time a student rides a school bus, to learning in a classroom, eating lunch, and interacting with others. The character traits become part of the common language among students and staff, and students are encouraged and recognized for showing good character. The character traits are visible throughout the campus and are evident in how students and staff interact every day. Showing good character supports a positive school climate and safe, caring learning environment.


The Student Code of Conduct was created to support students as they develop into world-class citizens.


I will earn the trust of peers and adults by making good decisions.

I will respect myself, others, and the school.

I will be a responsible learner.

I will be fair.

I will care about myself and others.

I will be a good citizen.


Below are helpful tips for parents to help children learn to be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring, and a good citizen from Parents, Kids and Character: 21 Strategies to Help Your Children Develop Character , by Dr. Helen R. LeGette:

  • Be clear about your values. Tell your children where you stand on important issues. Good character is taught and caught. If we want children to internalize the virtues that we value, we need to teach them what we believe and why. In the daily living of our lives, there are countless opportunities to engage children in moral conversation.
  • Refuse to cover for your children or make excuses for their inappropriate behavior. Shielding children and youth from the logical consequences of their actions fails to teach them personal responsibility. It also undermines social customs and laws by giving them the impression that they are somehow exempt from the regulations that govern others' behavior.
  • Show respect for your spouse, your children, and other family members. Parents who honor each other, who share responsibilities, and resolve differences in peaceful ways communicate a powerful message of respect. Respect begets respect...and children notice.
  • Don't provide your children access to alcohol or drugs. Model appropriate behavior. Nowhere is the parents' personal example more critical than in this area, and the family is the most powerful influence on whether or not a young person will become a substance abuser.

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