Character Education at CDS

Carrollwood Day School has school-wide character education program that begins with our youngest students at the Early Childhood Campus and builds through upper school graduation. The nationally recognized CDS character education initiative is woven throughout every aspect of the CDS experience: classroom learning, athletics, extra-curricular activities, parent education programs, and community service projects.  In addition, the CDS counseling department provides tremendous support to the school's strong focus on character development. Counseling lessons often focus on specific IB learner profiles and are taught through our homeroom and advisory programs.

There are two key components to character education, performance character and moral character.  The International Baccalaureate strives to develop both performance and moral character through the model of the IB Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes. CDS faculty and staff nurture and reinforce these qualities by creating a learning community where:

  1. students will learn and apply important life skills which will build their self-esteem and lead to greater success in and out of school;
  2. students will experience a safe classroom environment where they are free to share personal experiences and perspectives.
  3. students will develop an understanding that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Examples of character themes are: honesty, responsibility, respect, attitude, tolerance, conflict resolution, citizenship, courage, cooperation, friendship, compassion, humility, service, communication, forgiveness, personal goals, self discipline, patience, positive attitude, initiative and effort.

Essential Agreement

Peer interaction is facilitated through our “learning community” using our school-wide essential agreement. The agreement is a way of honoring and respecting each other by “agreeing” to abide by certain guidelines. Following them affords every student the opportunity to be free to be who they are and who they are becoming. It provides a highly conducive environment for optimum learning. The components of the CDS Essential Agreement are:

  • Attentive Listening
  • Mutual Respect
  • Appreciation (no put downs)
  • Right to Pass (only used for non-academic discussions).

School Counseling

Visit the Counseling page on the CDS website to learn how the the school counseling department supports character development.

CDS: Where Caring is Common

Character Recognitions"Education with Character" is the foundation of the culture at CDS. From preschool through upper school, teachers purposefully integrate character development in the curriculum and life at CDS. Faculty, staff, coaches, and parents partner to create an inclusive school community where students feel safe, supported, and connected. Carrollwood Day School has been named a "National School of Character" and is recognized as "A Caring School" by Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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