Character Education

Core Knowledge encompasses more than just its curriculum. West Ridge Academy’s Pillars of Virtue – Respect, Responsibility, Gratitude, Community, Self Control, Integrity, Compassion, and Perseverance – define our school culture and are expected behavior for WRA students. Character is developed through a coherent program of expectations, modeling, and study of historical and literary figures. Our smaller student body means faculty and staff know Liberty students by name and help ensure student accountability.

Pillars of Virtue

Respect: Showing consideration for others and their property; listening to and following instructions of those in authority; honoring others; following the Golden Rule; being courteous and polite.

Responsibility: Doing what we have said we will do; being accountable for our actions and consequences because we know right from wrong; being dependable and reliable; not making excuses or blaming others.

Gratitude: Gratitude is the virtue of being thankful for a benefit received. It creates goodness through a state of thankfulness.

Community: Using the rights and privileges one has as a member of the community to make that community a better place; being socially responsible; obeying the laws and rules; doing one’s part for the common good; respect authority; helping your community by volunteering service.

Self-Control: Being rational – acting out of reason, not anger; knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do; being in control of yourself, not letting others influence your decision as to what is right or wrong; being disciplined; having power over what you do.

Integrity: Knowing the difference between right and wrong and having the courage to do what is right, even when it is not easy to do so; living up to the highest ethical standard; not compromising one’s value; building and guarding your reputation.

Compassion: Taking a stand with others who are suffering; supportive companionship with someone in distress or in woe; identifying with another’s feelings.

Perseverance: Sticking to a purpose and never giving up on what one has to do; being determined to improve; being committed to justice; not leaving things unfinished; striving for excellence.


West Ridge Academy takes the safety of all students very seriously. WRA has a safety task force and emergency safety procedures. An Emergency Management Plan is available for review in the front office. In order to ensure the safe management of your child, each family must complete an Emergency Contact Form. This form must be updated whenever there is a change in address, home or work phone numbers, or emergency contacts. It is vital that parents keep the school office up-to-date with this information in case of personal or school emergencies.