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Character Development

Character development goes hand-in-hand with the development of children’s minds. Our campus is a place of learning and growing, so we cultivate an atmosphere that is joyful, encouraging, and inspiring. We believe that, as a child of God, each young person is special, with a unique character that adds interest, creativity, and personality to one’s family, class, school, and community. At Carden Hall we accept, respect, and nurture every individual in the development of that unique character.

To serve as a guide for students as they grow, we study the classical and Christian virtues, learning these through discussion and practice. Each week starts with an assembly that focuses the whole school community on a specific theme. Daily discussions, stories, poems, quotes, and activities that reinforce these virtues grace our days. These themes include kindness, gratitude, generosity, respect, honor, integrity, effort, attitude, and wisdom.


The world needs leaders, men and women of character and virtue whose hearts are focused on what is good and honorable. At Carden Hall we study the lives of great leaders so that they may serve as models. As students develop the character of a leader, learning to govern themselves wisely and to respect others, they then practice leadership. From daily classroom lessons to assembly presentations, from group projects to team sports and extra-curricular activities, every day abounds with opportunities for all of our students to think and act as leaders.

The Character of a Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams