Character is important—not as an end but as a reflection of a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. At Wheaton Academy, we affirm current research trends showing that students must be equipped with valuable dispositions that not only will help them to navigate school but also will equip them with the skills necessary to navigate life (U.S. Dept. of Ed. report 21). The essence of those skills in published lists could be summed up with the following: grit, resilience, self-control, conscientiousness, optimism, social intelligence, curiosity, and gratitude.
Not surprisingly, these values are variants or forms of the character traits advocated in Scripture. In our pursuit to ensure that our students are ready for college not only in academics but also in the necessary “soft skills,” Wheaton Academy trains and equips students in six primary areas: perseverance, social intelligence, self-control, gratitude, passion, and hope.