Character Development

Character Development Program

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2

Foundation Preparatory Academy strives to integrate age-appropriate character instruction into the Academic and Student Activities programs.

Foundation Preparatory Academy makes no attempt to replace or displace parents as the primary providers of character training for their sons and daughters. The faculty and staff do, however, make every effort to reinforce and enhance what the parents are on record as teaching in the home, beginning with matters of Christian faith and practice.

The Character Development Program includes a mission component. Students have participated in collecting canned goods for the Food Bank, made blankets for the Pregnancy Help Center, collected and packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and assisted True to Life Ministries.

The Character Development Program covers these Character Traits:

ATTENTIVENESS – Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration

  • Memory Verse: “A wise man will hear and increase learning. And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” (Proverbs 1:5)

TRUTHFULNESS/HONESTY – Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts

  • Memory Verse:“The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” (Proverbs 12:19

PATIENCE – Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it

  • Memory Verse: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that
    you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

GRATEFULNESS – Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life

  • Memory Verse:“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

SELF-CONTROL – Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right

  • Memory Verse: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)

ENTHUSIASM – Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort

  • Memory Verse: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord
    Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

AVAILABILITY – Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve

  • Memory Verse:Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’” (Isaiah 6:8)

WISDOM – Making practical applications of truth in daily decisions

  • Memory Verse: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

RESPONSIBILITY – Knowing and doing what is expected of me

  • Memory Verse: “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

ORDERLINESS– Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency

  • Memory Verse: “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40)

FLEXIBILITY – Willingness to change plans or ideas without getting upset

  • Memory Verse: “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

COMPASSION – Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others

  • Memory Verse: “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:40)

LOYALTY – Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve

  • Memory Verse: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

RESOURCEFULNESS – Making wise use of what others might overlook or discard

  • Memory Verse: “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into
    the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21)

DISCRETION – Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences.

  • Memory Verse: “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass away.” (Proverbs 4:14-15)

CREATIVITY – Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective

  • Memory Verse: “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)

COURAGE – Overcoming fear by saying and doing what is right

    • Memory Verse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

DISCERNMENT – Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen

      • Memory Verse: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your way acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)

INITIATIVE – Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.

      • Memory Verse: “In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)

RESPECT – Treating others with honor and dignity

      • Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the King.” (1 Peter 2:17)

DILIGENCE – Investing all my energy to complete the tasks assigned to me

      • Memory Verse: “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.” (Proverbs 22:29)

TOLERANCE – Accepting others at different levels of maturity

      • Memory Verse: “And such were some of you; but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 9)

THOROUGHNESS – Taking care of necessary details

        • Memory Verse: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.”

SINCERITY – Eagerly doing what is right with transparent motives

        • Memory Verse: “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.” (1 Peter:22)