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Life Skills

HFCA prepares students academically, emotionally and spiritually for high school and beyond. This holistic approach to education recognizes that:
  • Academic performance is positively impacted by developing life skills that promote interpersonal relationships and strong community.
  • Self-discipline and relationships skills are necessary to work in our global, project-oriented and team-based environment. 
Empathy, respect, responsibility, resilience and reconciliation are key elements of HFCA’s life skills focus. These virtues are grounded in our faith and aligned with the International Baccalaureate World School Learner Profile.

To deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life, HFCA seeks to develop:
 
 

Restorative Practices

 

HFCA's faculty has been trained in the philosophy of Restorative Practices. This framework develops life skills that promote healthy interpersonal relationships and strong community. Simply stated, restorative behavior seeks to: 1) restore those that have been harmed, 2) restore relationships, and 3) restore our community.

Rather than a set consequence or punishment for misbehavior, restorative practices acknowledges that:

  • Decisions are best made and conflicts are best resolved by those most directly involved in them.
  • Each incident or conflict is an opportunity to learn how a student’s behavior impacts others.
  • Understanding this impact is more likely to influence future behavior than a predetermined consequence or punishment.

Providing students with self-discipline and relationship building tools allows HFCA to:

  • Hold students to a higher standard of behavior.
  • Build a stronger sense of community among HFCA teachers, students and parents.
  • Equip students to be effective global citizens who possess solid interpersonal skills needed to contribute to a more peaceful world.