Benton Harbor Charter School Academy

Character Choices

Students at BHCSA participate in the Character Choices Program designed to help students develop their personal character, become lifelong learners and transform into quality citizens within their communities.

Character Choices focuses on nine monthly traits, which are woven into the curriculum throughout the entire year. The Character Choices curriculum is aligned to Common Core Standards, making it a regular part of the school day and a part of the dialogue of the students’ day. Each trait is assigned a focus month to allow the students more time to delve into the true meaning of the trait.

What makes the Character Choices program so unique?

  • Covers nine different traits throughout the school year
  • Helps develop social and academic behaviors
  • Includes academic lessons that correspond with the traits
  • Monthly assemblies and recognition
  • Includes etiquette lessons to prepare kids for social settings now and in the future
  • Includes community service activities each month
  • Promotes parent and community involvement
  • Is adaptable for students of all ages
  • Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards
  • Character Choices Expression writing contest allows students to apply what they’ve learned  for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship
  • Includes trainings on becoming tech-smart kids on social media
  • Extension activities are included for families to get involved in their child’s learning
  • And MUCH MORE!

What are the monthly traits?

children ready to race

SEPTEMBER – Respect

child playing with fall leaves

OCTOBER – Responsibility

students working in science class

NOVEMBER – Cooperation

student tying another student's shoes

DECEMBER – Compassion

teacher shaking students hand

JANUARY – Good Judgment

children playing in snow

FEBRUARY – Integrity

person in wheelchair with arms happily in the air

MARCH – Perseverance

children recycling

APRIL – Citizenship

adult teaching child to ride a bike

MAY – Courage