California Avenue School, Uniondale, N.Y.
California Avenue School's character education program began with a desire to create a school community that fosters ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. A survey of all stakeholders identified core, ethical, and civic values such as respect, friendship, kindness, honesty, and responsibility to focus on throughout the school year. Through class meetings, class jobs, student council, and the Character Education committee, students have a voice in their classroom. They feel ownership of their accomplishments, in control of their education, and responsible for their academic successes.