“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 following areas of their life: 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. In middle school, a sequential course offering of Success Principles I and II is offered and required in grades 7 and 8. The curriculum builds sequentially each year. During high school, students continue to learn about principles of success by taking a more advanced course, which is also a graduation requirement at MAS, “The Success Principles for High School Students.” In this course, we utilize the adult version of the book, The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer, and it expands exponentially upon the principles taught in middle school. While high school students are only required to earn one credit of this course during high school, to ensure the continuity of the teaching and practice of these principles during the years that high school students are not enrolled in this course, students meet with their College and Career Counselor, at a minimum, two times per year, to monitor, review, and update their Success Principles Action Plan.
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