Character Education

At Tower Hill, we believe that character is comprised of those values that lead to self-respect, dignity, reverence and the concern for the lives of others. We know that the development of character emerges in early childhood and continues to develop throughout one’s lifetime.
Character education is a fundamental part of the curriculum for our youngest learners. The students are introduced to age-appropriate character traits that are important to their personal growth as well as their growth within the community. 

Being mindful of the social and emotional development of young children, we are explicit in how we model and teach character education, utilizing fun, creative ideas and strategies that match the students’ emerging cognitive capacities.

Code of Conduct

As a citizen of the Lower School:

I pay attention to the world around me.  
I notice how I treat others and I am kind.  
I understand that it is my job to take care of my environment.  
I recognize that we are different and that we learn from each other.  
I am honest about what I do and say.
I work together with my friends and teachers to make my school a safe and enjoyable place for all of us.

Character Education Examples

Learning Basic Character Traits Through Stuffed Animals
Paramount to our curriculum is the use of stuffed animals, such as Beanie Babies, to help bring abstract concepts alive. “Kindness Koala” and “Respectful Rabbit” are introduced to our three and four year old students, added to in Prekindergarten, and culminating in Kindergarten with a menagerie of other “characters.”

Stories, Role Play and Conflict Resolution
Character Education is infused into the curriculum through stories, role play and the use of the Eye to Eye method for conflict resolution.

Character Development in Physical Education
Within our physical education program, children are exposed to activities that stress the concept of fairness. Students learn how to cooperate with others in small groups and work towards goals collaboratively. The activities highlight the importance of taking turns, playing by the rules and showing good sportsmanship towards fellow classmates.