At Rowen, we teach character through an approach called Character Counts from the Josephson Institute: Center for Youth Ethics. One’s character is the summation of one’s habits, attitudes, and attributes. Since these qualities can be learned, they can also be taught. While we believe that it is primarily the parents’ responsibility to teach their children how to behave, get along with others, and make good choices, we embrace the role of assisting parents in this important work.
Character Counts use six pillars of character to teach ethics: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Our students remember the Six Pillars of Character by their first letters: T.R.R.F.C.C. – Terrific!
While Character Counts principles are integrated throughout our academic and social programs, our teachers engage our students with a Character Counts lesson every Friday. Our teachers use the Model Standards for Academic, Social, Emotional, and Character Development to teach Character Counts. Furthermore, our students are rewarded as they exhibit the six pillars of character. Click on Rowen Rewards to see how we reward our students for positive behavior.