One of our primary goals is to help our students develop the most important kinds of skills. So we have adopted the success skills of empathy, self-control, integrity, family, and grit as our school’s core values. Success skills are a set of attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that have actually been found to be more predictive of long-term outcomes than have test scores and IQ. They’ve been shown to help students academically, both now in elementary school and all the way through their schooling into high school and college. They’re also directly related to a number of adult outcomes such as health, financial stability, and reaching long-term career goals. Plus they just make a school a better place for everybody, creating a safe and welcoming learning environment. And most importantly they give our students opportunities to show thanks and praise, motivated by Jesus' love, for what he has done for them.