Core Virtues

Core Virtues at SOCA

Students at Southeast Ohio Classical Academy will pursue an education of the heart and mind. Virtue and character development will be primary aims. The following virtues are inspired by Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics and have proven the test of time. Our students will be expected to behave in accordance with these core virtues:

Courage

Moving forward with steadfast purpose and perseverance in the face of fear, obstacles, or evil.

Responsibility

Accepting ownership of one's duty in life and work to do good regardless of whether others do the same.

Moderation

Saying "no" to actions and things that are bad, illegitimate, or ultimately harmful to what is good. Being patient or limiting oneself, even to receive a good thing.

Friendship

Cultivating relationships based on common interests and loves, while being kind and generous in those relationships.

Justice

Following and obeying rules and respecting right authority, while treating others fairly. Giving honor where honor is due.

Prudence

Making good, well thought out decisions in changing circumstances, when there are no rules on which to rely.

Wisdom

Pursuing knowledge about the highest things, while not thinking oneself wise in one's own eyes.

The mission of Southeast Ohio Classical Academy is to train the minds and nurture the hearts of young men and women through a content-rich curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, with an emphasis in civic virtue and moral character.