Helping Middle and High School Students Develop Strong Character

Integrity, emotional security, self-discipline, determination, and initiative are just some of the necessary skills students need to succeed both in and out of school. Unfortunately, many students aren’t developing them today. What if there was a straightforward way to teach students integrity and other essential character education skills? That’s why we designed Habitudes for Building Character: The Art of Self-Leadership to be used as a character education program.

Practical Character Education Lessons Plans

Students across the world have used this character development program to better themselves and educators have found that Habitudes creates margin in their busy day when used in advisement periods, character education classes, and academic settings.

Habitudes for Building Character: The Art of Self-Leadership helps middle and high school students:

Develop habits of self-discipline and initiative

Implement time management skills to do what really counts

Plan for personal growth outside the classroom

Identify their unique strengths and passions for a healthy self-image

Build strong character based on integrity and emotional security

Choose their own core values

And many more self-leadership habits

Habitudes Case Study: Hart County High School

Watch how Habitudes has been used as a character education curriculum and helped one school invest in their students.

What’s Included in Habitudes

Our character education curriculum includes access to the following teaching resources:

Flexible Lesson Plans

Teaching Videos

Slide Decks

Group Activities


Student Worksheets

The work of Tim Elmore, and the Growing Leaders team is having a very profound impact on our school. We use the Habitudes curriculum on a regular basis, and the images have already gained a foothold as an integral part of our work with our students.

Steve Helmich, President at Cathedral High School

We are seeing students from all demographics, engage in the Habitudes lessons, and having conversations on how to prepare for their life ahead of them.

Billy Richardson, Assistant Principal at Kennesaw Mountain High School


Habitudes is the most excellent program for first year students and beyond. It is a program that encourages and teaches deeper thinking and dialogue.

Sharon Taylor, Saint Martins University

I encourage schools, and school districts to partner with Growing Leaders to help both educators and students to enhance their leadership skills. They have inspired our teacher-leaders, applying the Habitudes to R. everyday classroom situation's.

Dr. Diane Ray, Professional Association Of Georgia Educators

As a university dean, I believe anyone who cares about the future of this generation should digest the materials from Tim Elmore and growing leaders. He understands what students need, and how to deliver it in a relevant fashion.

Mary Gerardy, Dean at Wake Forest University

One of the biggest things that habitudes has helped with is preparing our students to be a career and college ready upon graduation. Habitude helped each student become a better person and have a big picture perspective

Jason Lane, Principal Of Mill Creek High School

Habitudes has it all. It has the implementation of why were doing this and the why behind 'you should have integrity'. We have found something that the kids are hooked on immediately.

Julie Diaz, Principal Of Travis High School

Thank you so much for your investment at Virginia Tech. We appreciate your tremendous work with our student athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty. Simply put you have helped us grow and become better as a department.

Whit Babcock, Athletic Director At Virginia Tech

No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore. The Habitudes are an outstanding way to teach and learn leadership. I recommend Tim as a teacher and a mentor, and I recommend Habitudes to anyone.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, Founder of Injoy Group & EQUIP, Author of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leaderships"

Results Schools Have Seen While Using Habitudes

The following results have been reported by schools who have used Habitudes:

300% Increase in Student Leadership Team

45% increase in community service hours per students

400% increase in student-initiated clubs

11% decrease in disciplinary incidents

60% decrease in fights

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Explore Other Habitudes Programs

Growing Leaders offers multiple specialized programs for teaching middle and high school students valuable life skills. Our social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum offers more specific guidance for teaching social and emotional skills. Develop critical leadership skills with the high school leadership program for students already exhibiting an interest in leadership, like those in student government, student ambassadors, and other leadership clubs. When graduation approaches, use our college and career lesson plans to equip young adults for the transition by developing critical skills like resilience and problem-solving.