The Core Virtues program is a literature based method of teaching civic virtues. Teachers set examples for students and teach them through acknowledgment, praise, and role playing. Respect for personal and public property is taught by stressing respect rather than fear of punishment.
Character, Virtues, & Citizenship
Respect, heroism, self-discipline, gratitude, generosity, courage, justice, compassion, courtesy, and hope (our virtues for the year), and the meaning of citizenship are taught through the use of the Core Virtues program.
These are the qualities of life to which every citizen (and, ideally, everyone else) should aspire. They are the heart of the Via Romana — the Roman Way — and are thought to be those qualities which gave the Roman Republic the moral strength to conquer and civilize the world. Today, they are the rods against which we can measure our own behavior and character, and we can strive to better understand and practice them in our everyday lives.
- Humanitas: “Humanity” - Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured.
- Frugalitas: "Frugalness" Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly.
- Pietas: "Dutifulness" a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and
religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others.
- Dignitas: "Dignity" A sense of self-worth, personal pride.
- Firmitas: “Tenacity” - Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose.
- Fides: “Good Faith” - Respect for the pledged word and the expressed intention.
- Salubritas: "Wholesomeness" - Health and cleanliness.
- Felicitas: "Happiness, prosperity" A celebration of the best aspects of Roman society.
- Laetitia: "Joy, Gladness" The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis.
- Gravitas: "Gravity" A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness.