CARE: Character and Respect Education


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Character and Respect Education (CARE): 
Over 75,000 good choices and counting! 

Summit School of Ahwatukee is committed to creating a safe, positive, and challenging learning environment which will enable our students to become life-long learners, skillful decision makers, and responsible citizens.  The CARE program combines character education and positive discipline in order to teach and support the behaviors that create a healthy learning environment and guide our students’ social and emotional development.

The CARE: Character Education program is a comprehensive school-wide plan (Preschool through 8th grade) to increase Summit students’ demonstration of proficiency in character traits as well as to increase compassion, caring, and cooperation throughout the school. The core elements of the program are:

Lifelong Guidelines:  Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Do Your Personal Best. Be an Active Listener.
These five guidelines operate as the Summit school rules.

Monthly Character Traits:  The traits are: self-control, citizenship, cooperation, empathy, adaptability, kindness, perseverance, and integrity. These are developed using a monthly school-wide teaching focus.

The CARE: Positive Discipline program is a systems approach to establishing the social and behavioral norms needed in order for students to become skilled in practicing the lifelong guidelines and character traits and to reduce behaviors that may interfere with learning.  The core elements of the program are:

  • Behavioral expectations are clearly defined.
  • Behavioral expectations and behaviors are taught.
  • Appropriate behavior is recognized, rewarded, and celebrated.
  • A continuum of consequences and interventions are used to correct problem behavior.
  • A continuous collection and use of data for decision-making and improving systems is in place.

We believe that our character education and positive discipline programs provide our students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that our society will value and reward in the 21st Century.

The Success of Summit’s CARE program: over 75,000 good choices and counting!  Teachers and staff actively look for students’ who are demonstrating positive behaviors, issuing CARE tickets to students. CARE tickets have two parts; one for students’ to happily share with parents, and a second part that is placed in a large container at school.

Each week names are pulled from the CARE bin, at a school-wide assembly, to publicly recognize students’ positive behaviors. Students then chose a special school privilege: lunch, a game or a story with a teacher or Head of School, their name on the marquee, wearing a hat in class, lunch at a picnic bench with friends…

The number of positive choices made by Summit School of Ahwatukee students each year are astounding!
Total CARE tickets earned by kindergarten through eighth grade students total:

2014-15:    22,470 CARE tickets

2013-14:    21,883 CARE tickets

2012-13:    18,947 CARE tickets

2011-12:     14,563 CARE tickets

The CARE program is one of the many factors that help create a happy school environment in which students’ want to actively participate, share ideas, excel and grow to their fullest potential!