Character development is an equally important aspect of CIS as academics. Monthly virtues such as responsibility, compassion, and perseverance are fostered in a nurturing lower school environment. Similar concepts are interwoven into our middle and upper school advisory programs throughout the year. CIS also cultivates a spirit of service through school-sponsored and individual service-oriented activities.
Lower School Character Development
The lower school teaches children compassion for others as well as appreciation of differences among people; a high value is placed on character education and multicultural understanding. Daily discussions revolve around the following character traits: respect, self-discipline, responsibility, acceptance, cooperation, generosity, caring, perseverance, courage, compassion, empathy, honesty, forgiveness, integrity, gratitude, and joy. Through careful attention to the whole child, the faculty and staff strive to produce academically well-prepared graduates who are thoughtful, motivated, productive, and self-confident young people.
Middle School Character Development
At CIS, we realize that a middle school child needs the opportunity for self-discovery and physical, academic, and emotional growth in a nurturing and safe environment. In 6th-8th grades, students attend a daily Pride or advisory with a group of their peers. Students have the opportunity to connect with their Pride advisor, receive tutoring support and homework advisement, as well as preparation for a successful middle school experience. Character education is emphasized through weekly assemblies, in-class discussions, current events, and curriculum integration. In addition, students learn about time management, organization skills, research and technology tips, setting and achieving goals, developing a growth mind set, dealing with emotions and handling the pressures of adolescence. Students also learn service and responsibility through both school and community involvement.
Upper School Character Development
Our upper school schedule provides small class sizes and teacher-student relationships that emphasize encouragement, trust, intellectual inquiry, and a balance of rigor and stress management that collectively stimulates the learning process as a whole. Each student continues in grade level Prides, pairing up with a faculty advisor that continues the emphasis on important character education issues of ethics, global perspectives, service, and leadership. Our college counseling program offers support and guidance throughout the four years, helping students to determine their interests, their college choices, and how to reach their goals.