Character Building

Power And Grace Preparatory Academy (PGPA) believes that part of a child's education must include positive character development. To ensure this we use a quality curriculum called CHARACTER FIRST! Here are some of the distinctives of this program:

What is good character? - It is the stable and distinctive qualities built into an individual's life which determine his or her responses regardless of circumstances.


There is a need for character - schools are plagued with an unprecedented wave of violence, drug use, cheating and other unlawful behaviors.

Countering the popular culture - there is no question that culture influences a young person's decisions. The challenge is to develop a culture at school that encourages students to make good decisions and experience true success.

The Character First curriculum offers teachers a systematic and comprehensive approach to teaching students how to make good decisions.The more teachers show their approval for character, the more students will pursue it. Students who have demonstrated a character quality are recognized at a monthly all-school assembly. Character-based correction deals with the root of a problem which leads to lasting change. Students are taught how to deal with problems in their own lives and in their relationships with others.

These characteristics and values will help students to be successful members of the PGPA community and contributing citizens in our democratic society.

Learner: I ask questions to understand. I keep working even when things are hard.


Confident: I believe in myself. I will learn from my mistakes.


Respectful: I am kind to people, places and things.


Helpful: Whenever you can, help! I do what is needed.


Responsible: I follow our school’s 5 Agreements. I make good choices.


Open-minded: I appreciate differences. I am open to new experiences.


Courageous: I am a risk taker. I do what is right.


Thinker: I reflect. I make connections.


Caring: I nurture people, places and things. I am considerate of other people.


Creative: I use my imagination. I think of new ideas. I express myself.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


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