Central High Freshman Academy in Phenix City has a unique component of their curriculum that teaches students more than just academics. Character building is incorporated into the daily lives of the 9th grade students and that makes Central High Freshman Academy this weeks cool school.
It's 7:45 A.M. and the students at the freshman academy start their day like this: "Self control is one of those habits that we want to cultivate and that we have to practice," said Mrs. Greene.
It's called character education and it's taught by each homeroom teacher at the school. Students learn a different trait each week like resourcefulness and kindness. This week, the character word is self control.
"You need self control to keep yourself in check and everything like that to be good for your boss or your teacher or whoever," said freshman Joshua Harp.
"A desire that you personally want but you know wouldn't be right but you have the ability to say no and to do what is right," said freshman Nadia Ward.
School counselor Cedric Delbridge said character plays a vital part in the futures of each of the 421 students.
"We're trying to make sure we send students out there who have these different character qualities because that's what people are looking for. You want people who are responsible you want people who are on time you know those types of things," said Cedric Delbridge.
Teachers can tell the extra 15 minutes a day spend on the character building has been making a difference.
"Every once in a while I'll catch a kid you know somebody will do something in class and another one will be like hey remember the word of the week is, and they'll call them out," said biology teacher Taylor Jacobsen.
Character words are placed on signs around the school so students are reminded about these qualities all through out the day and students are using the words like self control to guide their behavior.
"Sometimes you're in situations where you're with friends or whatever and you're just like in a good mood you're hyped and all that but sometimes you just have to calm down," said Nadia Ward.
The school also has a peer advisor program that started this fall. Each student gets paired with a teacher who talks to them about high school success. They meet with their advisors once a month.
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