CHaracter First

“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

At TPCA, we are committed to our students' achievement of academic excellence. We implement character education to inspire in our faculty, staff, and students a culture of moral and ethical strength. Through our rigorous curriculum, our students become life-long learners. Through our character education, our students become engaged, responsible, and compassionate leaders.

In our high school, we use the Character First program. Twice per month, teachers introduce and teach a specific character trait through group discussions and related activities. Character education is also taught in each class and integrated into the curriculum. For example, in Mr. Pena's Spanish class, all students have to give a presentation on character. Students may give 4–8 presentations per year depending on the class.

Students are recognized for good character in action by receiving tickets. Tickets are used in a raffle with a variety of prizes every month.

Character First Traits for 2013–14

August/September—Orderliness

Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency. 

October—Attentiveness

Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration. 

November—Gratefulness

Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life. 

December—Persuasiveness

Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks. 

January—Dependability

Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice. 

February—Forgiveness

Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge. 

March—Determination

Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition. 

April—Virtue

The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right. 

May—Truthfulness

Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.