“The Success Principles for Teens,” while technically considered an elective course, is one of the key components of MAS’ program. The curriculum is designed to support students in all facets of life by explicitly teaching principles of success through the use of the book The Success Principles for Teens by Jack Canfield and Kent Healy and The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer. The outcomes for the course include supporting students in learning about setting goals and utilizing principles of success to reach their goals. The curriculum was intentionally designed with a heavy emphasis on reading and writing to support students in these critical skill areas, but of equal or perhaps greater importance, the curriculum offers students immediate tools that contribute to their academic growth and skill development, and provides them with explicit instruction in goal setting as it pertains to the areas of their life such as education, work/career, recreation/fun, and finances.
Through this course, middle and high school students are required to develop a Success Principles Action Plan. This plan is the guiding document that students use throughout their educational experience at MAS, beginning the first year that a student attends MAS. With that said, we need to emphasize that in order to truly fulfill the mission of our school, and to instill in our students a commitment to high academic achievement, continual goal setting, and principles of personal success, far more is required than simply writing the plan on paper. The middle school and high school courses serve as the foundation to supporting our students in developing and implementing their plan. The curriculum builds sequentially each year and high school students are required to take the Success Principles class as a graduation requirement in high school.
Additionally, in order to support the teaching of success principles throughout all courses at MAS, all staff must read prior to employment the adult version of the book, The Success Principles, so that as a school we embrace a common language and philosophy in teaching students success that extends beyond the teaching of the core subject areas.View A Sample Action Plan