“Character Education is about helping students
know the good, love the good, and do the good.”
For social, moral, civic, and personal reasons, parents and teachers have a responsibility to help students
develop good habits. That’s really what a virtue is: a good habit. A virtue is not a point of view or a matter of
what we like or dislike; a virtue is a positive character trait.
The founders of BFCCPS chose to focus on four core virtues, historically known as the “cardinal virtues”:
Justice, Temperance, Fortitude, and Prudence. Within each of these virtues, there are related
- BFCCPS students, faculty and staff strive to always demonstrate good character and model that
character for others, and are publicly recognized at grade level assemblies for demonstrating virtuous
- Character Education instruction is integrated across the curriculum and across the four pillars utilizing
various teaching methods, and a common language throughout grades K-8
- Grade level character education benchmarks are used to create a spiraling curriculum for grades K-8
- A school wide calendar details which virtue the entire BFCCPS community will focus on each month.
- BFCCPS regularly reviews and updates its resources to achieve the objectives of its Character
Pillar in Action: Character Education
Students will be recognized using our Character Postcards. These postcards highlight observations from the teaching team and are read aloud with the class. Postcards are mailed home to share these observations with parents. Students who go above and beyond to display one of the BFCCPS virtues can also be recognized through a Character in Action Award at one of three assemblies throughout the year.