Our Goal: A Student Who Flourishes as a Joyous Child Today, and as a Successful Adult Tomorrow
At LePort, our goal is to give our students an education that will enable them to lead happy, successful lives. We understand that strong academics are the foundation of such an education—success in life requires knowledge and the ability to think. However, in our view, academics alone do not constitute a complete education. Schools have a responsibility to guide students in their quest to build strength of character, and to learn interpersonal and life skills.
Both inside and outside the classroom, we offer our students such guidance. At LePort, personal development is not an academic subject—it is integrated into the very fabric of the school. Rather than preach about proper behavior, our staff systematically models the right behavior and skills, and individually mentors students as they learn how to make good choices. We help our students see firsthand how an upstanding character and a magnanimous attitude pay off in life—how, for example, honesty leads to peace of mind and trust; how a pro-work attitude and perseverance translate into success; and how just action toward others builds benevolent human relationships. We emphasize the importance of organization, time management, responsibility, and healthy living as prerequisites for achieving their goals as children today and adults tomorrow. By developing their ability to make good choices, and then experiencing themselves as efficacious thinkers and doers, LePort students achieve one of the primary psychological rewards of good character—real self-esteem.
Many schools tend to shy away from teaching anything related to values, even if it is not religious, and I think that is a problem. We work hard at home to help our children develop good values, a strong character, and I think it’s great that LePort works with us. They teach values like we do at home, as part of living, and they get through to the kids. It’s not about punishment, but about helping kids develop, and about partnering between parents and school.