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Virtues Program

“Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will” 

~St. Thomas Aquinas


A key part of St. Anne School’s educational philosophy is that of helping our students grow in virtue. We want our students to go beyond the realm of what the world tells them to be and instead, focus on growing into the person that God is calling them to be. Providing opportunities for growth in virtue is a clear focus of the school’s planning and is integrated consciously and meaningfully into our teaching. We believe that natural virtues empower individuals to become a more complete person. It is the growth in virtue that leads to the development of competent, responsible, respectful and hard-working people.

St. Anne School is focused on building a Catholic foundation and helping each student realize their potential in all facets of life--spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially—nurturing  each student’s character to grow and mature. A St. Anne Student is Kind, Respectful, Courageous, Generous, Honest, Prudent, Patient, Responsible, and Moral.

The Virtues Program is focused on a school-wide (Pre-K---5) approach, with a new virtue introduced every month of the school year. These virtues will be further developed at each grade level with pertinent sub-virtues appropriate to each grade level.  The virtues introduced by this program should not take away from or replace the Theological and Cardinal Virtues that our teachers are introducing during their religious instruction.

The tentative break down of instruction for the school year by month is as follows:


  • - Kindness
  • - Respect
  • - fortitude-patience
  • - Generosity
  • - Honesty
  • – Prudence
  • - Patience
  • - Responsibility
  • May – Morality

A corresponding Saint and scripture references will be introduced and used for modeling each of the virtues listed above for each of the nine month program. Our hope is that the families of St. Anne Parish are inspired by this program and incorporate the school’s monthly virtue into their daily home life as well.


“Virtue demands courage, constant effort, and above all, help from on high.”

~St. John Marie Vianney