Character formation pertains to the psychological, social, and physiological aspects of the person. It involves learning to live one’s life in ways that most dignify human nature. This involves the formation of a disciplined will; learning to be master of oneself; acquiring virtue; the development of the conscience; and adherence to moral principles and values.
Character formation cultivates a person’s sensibility to what is good, just, and beautiful, recognizing the harmony of creation in relation to man, nature, and society. It also includes social etiquette - that is, an appreciation for the arts and physical fitness - resulting in a healthy mind and body.
Everest Academy seeks to develop men and women who are not only academically well-qualified, but also able to conduct their lives according to solid ethical standards: respectability, nobleness, honesty. Students are taught to appreciate the values of justice, fairness, truthfulness, responsibility, nobility of heart, and mutual respect, as well as other principles that lend added perfection to the individual’s human stature—good manners, sensitivity to others, etiquette, social grace, understanding, courtesy, kindness, generosity, etc. Students learn what it means to live in a manner consistent with one’s ideals.
Everest Academy's Virtue Program
The main objective of Everest Academy’s virtue program is to offer students, teachers, and parents a means to know, value, practice, and internalize virtues in a consistent and committed manner. The focus is on the practice and acquisition of specific virtues. Virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the right thing. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of oneself.
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.