Rarely does a public school speak openly about virtue, since virtue means we judge our actions against an objective standard of beauty or goodness. Instead, most people speak of values , since in our age we are much more comfortable with language that does not make clear discrimination between good and bad. Indeed, to speak of virtue means that we judge some qualities of character to be better than others, and this entails taking a stand in their defense and attempting to cultivate them in our students.
Our students, parents and teachers are held accountable to St. Johns Classical Academy's Nine Standards of Virtue.
We honor rules and laws and respond to authority with obedience. We give of our time and abilities to serve others. We uphold liberty and social equality through respect for individual differences and knowledge of our democratic system.
We always do what we know to be right despite fear, hardship, and opposition. We resist negative peer pressure, defend our rights and the rights of others, and encourage others to do the same.
We never knowingly induce another to believe what is false. We are always truthful in what we say and do, regardless of the circumstances or consequences.
We do not brag or compare ourselves to others. We always strive to do our best whether we are recognized or not.
We are individuals of strong ethical values, who make consistently good choices in keeping with our knowledge of right and wrong. We see wisdom of others in cases of moral uncertainty.
We spurn despair and strive to complete tasks to the best of our abilities, regardless of the difficulty. We respond creatively to overcome obstacles and ask for help when necessary.
We regard others and ourselves as deserving of kind and just treatment. Our conduct is considerate and polite. We look for the good in others and demonstrate compassion. Our attitude toward others and their property reflects the way we wish to be treated.
We accept obligations related to our own good and the good of others. We act on those obligations in a manner suitable to their timely and satisfactory fulfillment. We are willingly accountable for what we do and say. We seek to learn from our mistakes.
We learn from our mistakes and think before we act. We look to the great thinkers of the past for guidance on making good choices.