What Does Character Education Look Like at JCDS?

Many of you know that character education is a key focus at Jacksonville Country Day School. Some of you, however, have probably wondered what the character education program consists of. School Counselor Amanda Sheroff has compiled a list of the main components of the program to share with you.
  • Faculty and staff modeling good character in and out of the classroom 
  • The Morning Meeting 
  • The SHARK Code: teaching students to be safe, honest, aspiring, respectful/responsible, and kind
  • Character education programs like the Energy Bus as set by the faculty-led character education committee
  • Character curriculum integration and lessons developed by teachers and school counselor
  • Character education assemblies
  • Service learning activities and projects
  • Teaching social/emotional skills, such as conflict resolution
  • Individual relationships, conversations, and teachable moments
  • Each classroom decides what students wish their classroom to be like.  Expectations are then posted in the classroom.  
  • School counselor support and small group meetings
  • Character virtue board in every classroom
  • Classroom jobs for every student
  • Character education literature
  • “School family” references  
Some classes also use:
  • Role playing and showing examples of good character
  • Displaying student-created posters in the halls
  • Teaching manners
  • Journal writings connected to virtues
  • THINK before speaking: Is it true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, kind? 
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Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.