Human Development, Lower School

Everest students receive human formation, which pertains to their psychological, emotional, social, and physiological development. It involves forming their character and teaching them to live their life in ways that most dignify human nature. The human formation sees to it that graduates of Everest Academy are persons of virtue, strong character and integrity who possess self-confidence and leadership skills. Their behaviour also reveals that they possess principles based in truth that govern their actions and passions.

Students in Everest Academy are provided ongoing opportunities to exercise virtue on a daily basis. Virtue is taught and encouraged in all activities and circumstances of school life. The goal is to help students intellectually understand and internalize the virtues they are asked to practice. This serves to make these virtues part of their own life principles, helping them become true leaders of character. For this reason, Everest Academy considers formation in virtue to be a vital component of the educational program.

Formative Discipline

Formative discipline seeks to positively motivate students, guiding them to identify and choose what is good and just.

Formative discipline seeks to positively motivate students, guiding them to identify and choose what is good and just.

Formative discipline is not discipline based solely on justice which demands that certain consequences accompany a certain action. Rather, formative discipline seeks to positively motivate students, guiding them to identify and choose what is good and just. Formative discipline does not simply impose expectations and rules on the student, but motivates the student to understand, value, and internalize these expectations that reflect virtue, proper habits, and principles of life. Students are informed of the rules and given the rationale behind them. They are encouraged to see the benefit of these expectations for themselves and others. Formative discipline requires more time and effort than simple punitive discipline. Most importantly, it requires personal attention to the student. This means assisting the student to understand their actions and to learn how to put into practice what is right for themselves and others. It allows students to experience the good feeling of doing what is right and, therefore, making them want to choose to do the right thing consistently throughout their lives.

Formative discipline is not discipline based solely on justice which demands that certain consequences accompany a certain action. Rather, formative discipline seeks to positively motivate students, guiding them to identify and choose what is good and just. Formative discipline does not simply impose expectations and rules on the student, but motivates the student to understand, value, and internalize these expectations that reflect virtue, proper habits, and principles of life. Students are informed of the rules and given the rationale behind them. They are encouraged to see the benefit of these expectations for themselves and others. Formative discipline requires more time and effort than simple punitive discipline. Most importantly, it requires personal attention to the student. This means assisting the student to understand their actions and to learn how to put into practice what is right for themselves and others. It allows students to experience the good feeling of doing what is right and, therefore, making them want to choose to do the right thing consistently throughout their lives.

Student Formation Plan and Formation Dialogue

In the Lower School, parents have the opportunity to work on their child's student formation plan in a one-on-one setting with members of the formation team. This is a tool that fosters teamwork among students, parents, the Formation Team, and teachers to work toward integral formation with concrete goals for each individual student.

Each student then meets one-on-one with a mentor from the formation team, at least once a semester, for formation dialogue. In the formation dialogue mentor and student discuss personal goals and progress in character formation, spiritual growth and the formation of an apostolic heart. At the core is a desire to become more like Christ himself, who is the model of every Christian.

Formation dialogue is a unique service offered to our students at Everest Academy. Offered by the formation team to students from 1st to 12th grade, it is a complement to the personal attention already offered in the classroom by each teacher.

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