Character education in Bannister Academy takes place within the seamless continuum of formal subject classes, the class advisory session, and in personal mentoring. Conceptually (although in practice, the student does not need to see the distinctions), the formation of character–the development of personal qualities, attitudes and dispositions in, as well as acceptance of universal human values by the student–is addressed in distinct ways by its different components:
Subject teachers have the leeway to address ethical issues as opportunities arise in the subject
content or in classroom activities. The academic content and skills formation in various subjects are
natural venues for fruitful discussions about desirable ethical perspectives and values.
Advisory or homeroom period can be used by the class advisor to take up topics or content more
directly related to character formation. As agreed, a minimum of two homeroom sessions per week
can be used to discuss specific values-related content.
Personal mentoring, which takes place between the student and an assigned teacher-mentor, is the
premier venue for character formation. The mentoring conversation covers the entire range of the
student’s experience at Bannister: his academic work (and struggles), relations with peers, relations
with teachers and Bannister staff, personal and family concerns, as well as the student’s personal
quest for fulfillment and self-actualization.