GFA celebrates and reinforces character development in a variety of ways. We come together as a school for our monthly character assemblies on the first Friday of each month. We recognize and reward our students and staff members for demonstrating the foundation stones through U Rock! cards, Stepping Stone Awards, and Foundation Awards. We set aside 90 minutes per week for character instruction using the Character First curriculum and related resources. We actively connect positive examples of character from history, science and literature to our students' lives. The GFA community regularly seeks to demonstrate the foundation stones through service to each other and our community. At Good Foundations Academy, character education is a continual process, guided by clear expectations and great examples from history, literature, and our community.
Good Foundations Academy has seven foundation stones that are interwoven through all that we do and teach. These foundation stones are Respect, Cooperation, Citizenship, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Responsibility. We understand that there are many schools that would consider these important values, but seeing them as something important and having them clearly spelled out as school goals are two totally different scenarios. The "Seven Foundation Stones" are not meant to be a nice-sounding platitude for the school, but actualized behavior among the faculty, parents, and student body. As part of the ongoing development of the school culture, we see the Director, teachers, parents, and great literature as the four main avenues by which the foundation stones will become part of the student core.
Character First is a professional development and character education program that is delivered many ways—training seminars, books, magazines, curriculum, email—that focus on real-life issues at work, school, home, and the community. Our materials describe good character and talk about the attitudes a person needs in order to improve relationships and make ethical choices. This vocabulary helps colleagues challenge and applaud one another for good character.