With the following strategies, ECS advances student achievement by creating a culture that inculcates positive work habits and develops lifelong scholars. 

Students feel safe, interconnected, and empowered to take educational risks to stretch the boundaries of their learning. The school fosters character development and encourages students to continuously “RISE UP” and demonstrate the virtues of Respect, Integrity, Success, Etiquette, Unity, and Pride. We also emphasize the values of Responsibility, Citizenship, Teamwork, and Honesty with a College-Bound Attitude. These virtues and values provide a common vocabulary for school-wide expectations and permeate the daily nurturing interactions within the school community. 

ECS has established a common vocabulary and behavior management plan so that scholars receive consistent messaging and are held to the same high expectations throughout their years at the school. Students recognize key phrases, signals, and procedures that are implemented in every class, articulated through each grade, and ubiquitous among all teachers. As students advance in grade level, expectations for conduct evolve appropriately with age to ensure developmental appropriateness. 

The Habits of Mind are a key component to our middle school model. These seeds are sewn throughout elementary school, and highlighted as students mature in our program.

The Habits of Mind are an identified set of 16 problem-solving, life-related skills necessary to effectively operate in society and promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity and craftsmanship. The understanding and application of these 16 Habits of Mind serve to provide the individual with skills to work through real-life situations that equip that person to respond using awareness (cues), thought, and intentional strategy in order to gain a positive outcome. They teach the essential skills, habits, and positive attitudes that cultivate lifelong scholars and success in middle school, high school, college, and chosen careers.