At Chatsworth Hills Academy, we not only teach 21st century skills, we teach values like honesty, fairness, justice and integrity, all part of the “principled” value that is one of the ten attributes of the International Baccalaureate World School program. As the only International Baccalaureate program through 8th grade in the San Fernando Valley, your students will thrive in both our Early Years and our Middle Years Programs with an IB World curriculum that includes these values that will help your student succeed at school and in life.
“We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.” ~ IB Learner Profile
How Does Chatsworth Teach Students To Be Principled?
Children aren’t born with principles. In a recent study, students reported that They are something that taught and if they are taught at an early age, there is a great chance that they will develop into young adults who understand and practice what it means to have integrity. When you join the CHA family, you become part of our process to prepare students to live and work successfully in a global economy. Here are some of the ways your premier Los Angeles private school works to teach students to be principled.
Talking About & Modeling Honesty
Our highly-qualified, professional staff begin talking about honesty with our youngest students. They ensure that students know and understand how important being honest is for students, even if it’s difficult. They build trust with students and show students how to build trust with each other. Then, they ‘practice what they preach’ by modeling honesty in the classroom. When students ask even the most difficult questions, CHA teachers answer them honestly, within professional boundaries. Your CHA staff strive to always create an open, honest environment where students feel comfortable telling the truth.
Develop Vocabulary & Lessons Around Principles
One of the most effective ways of teaching students to develop integrity is to teach the vocabulary that surrounds it and then incorporate it into daily lessons. CHA students know the meaning of words like honesty, integrity, justice, fairness, as well as the other IB Profile values and can discuss them in the context of current events and various lesson across subjects of study.
Set High Expectations For Honesty & Follow Through
During the first few days of your student’s time with Chatsworth Hills Academy, our teachers ensure students are aware of and understand the expectations for both academic and personal honesty as well as the consequences for not meeting those expectations. These expectations are presented to our Los Angeles area students and parents in writing and verbally and are reviewed throughout the year in preschool through middle school classes. Most importantly, CHA teachers follow through with making sure that these expectations are met, regardless of the extra time involved and the almost-certain disappointment of parents at mandatory conferences. Whether students are found cheating at a game at recess, or plagiarizing an essay, teachers use these experiences as teachable moments for their students. They ask students to reflect on their behavior and they listen to their thoughts and reasoning. Then, the restate their expectations that students behave responsibly and honestly.
Creating a Growth Mindset Culture
Research on cheating and the causes gives us information about the needs of today’s student and how we can best help him or her grow into young adults with integrity and character. In research conducted by the Educational Testing Service, we find that while in the past it was the struggling student who was more likely to cheat; today more above-average students are cheating due to the pressures of succeeding and acceptance into the most competitive universities. Dishonest students somehow feel justified in their behavior because they believe that they are at an unfair disadvantage if they approach their studies with integrity. At Chatsworth Hills Academy, our staff addresses both issues through establishing a positive learning environment. We teach students that grades are not the only thing that they should strive for; that effort, hard-work and dedication are equally as important. We also teach students that through that hard work, success can and will be attained and they will reach their goals. With this growth mindset environment, students learn at an early age that failure is just another step toward success and that with hard work it can be achieved.
Grow Principled Young Adults At Chatsworth Hills Academy
As the best private school in the Los Angeles area, it’s not surprising that you will find more than reading and arithmetic in our school curriculum. We are proud to instill the IB World School values in our students, including teaching them about integrity, honesty, justice and fairness. Our IB World School program utilizes research-based methods to prepare your student for acceptance into the best higher learning programs and to thrive in a global economy. Find out for yourselves by calling (818) 998-4037 for a take a tour of our beautiful 16-acre campus.
Want to learn more about the The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile? Click on the links below for more information. The profile aims to develop learners who are: