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Character Education

Students at Pine Point are truly known by all members of our community. Our sense of community is not accidental; relationships flourish because of our emphasis on character development, social and emotional growth, and our commitment to our core values: respect, integrity, moral courage, and excellence.

The Common Good

One of the distinguishing aspects of a student’s experience at Pine Point is involvement in a service-learning program that encourages children to work for the common good. Becoming a thoughtful, giving, and empathetic human being requires practice, repetition, and modeling; it doesn’t just happen. The service learning the students do across the grades builds upon itself with every year, and culminates in an 8th grade intensive service-learning project impacting our local community.
students on beach

Social and Emotional Growth


Pine Point has engaged with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and adopted the guiding principles of its R.U.L.E.R. approach to cultivate our students’ ability to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate their emotions. Students are introduced to R.U.L.E.R. in the earliest grades, and this continues to evolve and deepen throughout the Lower and Middle School.

Character Education in Action

  • “Zero Food Waste” school-wide composting and chicken bucket initiative
  • Developing empathy through first-person narratives
  • Local efforts to increase pollinator gardens to protect the Monach butterfly
  • Cross-grade writing partners and buddy program
  • Biography and podcast project with local seniors
  • Environmental protection invasive-species removal
Student installs blaze on trail