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Formula for Character

The Formula for Character is the framework for character development at STEM. Four main character traits (integrity, honesty, respect, and responsibility) serve as the pillars of character education, which is integrated into classroom instruction, honored via Spartan ShoutOuts, and integrated into disciplinary action.


Honesty: Telling the truth, even when it’s not easy

Integrity: Doing what is right, even when no one is watching

Respect: Treating everyone - staff, students, volunteers, oneself, & property - with kindness

Responsibility: Being accountable for one’s actions and decisions

Empathy: ​The ​capacity ​to ​understand ​or ​feel ​what ​another ​person ​is ​experiencing ​from within ​the ​other ​person's ​frame ​of ​reference