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Character Development

Shenandoah Valley Academy is committed to providing expectations and opportunities for all students to understand, demonstrate, and practice the Christian life-skills and character that will help them to become responsible citizens for successful living in this world and in the world to come.

Our students are taught to understand the fundamental differences between right and wrong, to think before acting, to respect one’s self and others, to demonstrate responsible decision-making, and to be accountable for their behavior.

This striving for excellence in Christian characters sets before each student the goal of being all that he or she can be – “attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)

Character Traits


Brothers’ Keeper: Demonstrating understanding and concern for others

Courage: Standing for what is right even if you stand alone

Honesty: Revealing truth through thoughts, words, and behavior

Initiative: Moving from thought to action

Perseverance: Completing what you start, no excuses

Purity: Lovely; free from blemish or guilt

Respect: Honoring oneself, others, and the environment

Responsibility: Doing what is right and being accountable for your choices

Service: Putting your needs before mine