Students participate in themed-workshops that include an opening activity followed by rotating stations where skills are taught and practiced in a hands-on approach. They cover a wide variety of skills such as: dining etiquette, public speaking, proper introductions, cell phone etiquette, appropriate conversation, navigating a buffet line, meet and greet, etc.
Ambassador student councils act as a representation of their particular grade at their campus. Students are nominated, interviewed, and chosen based on excellent character and solid academic performance. Council members participate in a hands-on, 12-week, leadership training course. Council members plan and carry out both Ambassador events and student-initiated social programs. They also write the Ambassador newsletter, design bulletin boards, select the Builders of the Month, choose Teacher Accolade awards, welcome students at assemblies, maintain budgets, help with yearbook, manage publicity efforts, attend staff meetings, befriend other students, and represent the student body. Council members learn important skills such as public speaking, volunteer coordination, social programming, communication skills, peer leadership, and participating in agenda-driven council meetings.
Each week students participate in social dance instruction in cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot, swing, etc. Themed dances allow the students to not only dance and interact, but to practice respectful behavior, which is the first priority.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey is the basis of this program. This course prepares students for the increased demands of high school, college, and adult life. It is an extension of the Builder Program implemented in the elementary grades as it moves from positive character traits to positive life skills.
Students are given the opportunity to do service both on-campus and off-campus. Some of these events include hosting a grandparent luncheon, assisting at elderly care facilities, volunteering at the food bank, participating in donation drives, or mentoring at-risk youth.
Monthly builders themes emphasizing values such as honesty, integrity, and hard work are introduced and emphasized. Staff members watch for students who demonstrate the monthly theme. Monthly and yearly builder awards are presented to students in school assemblies.