Core Values

Core Values

Core Capacities We Foster at Acera

Within all of our school programs, our most important emphasis is for student development in core capacities.  We believe that these capacities will define them as adults and as contributors to society.

Systems Thinking

See the whole perspective and the parts across social, cultural, societal, scientific, and historic perspectives. Understand the interconnectedness of forces and actions.

Perspective Taking

Awareness that the place and experience of the viewer fundamentally affects what they see / how they see.  Develop capacity to see through the eyes of others.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Inquire deeply, analyze and relate different aspects to each other, break things down and recombine them together to assess a situation and address a need.


Work with others to create something and to achieve a result that supersedes the contributions of any one individual.


Free thought and inquiry resulting in original work or novel approaches to express an idea.  We not only embrace but moreover encourage being a divergent thinker and solution creator.

 Emotional Intelligence

Self awareness to know your gifts and challenges, self regulation to control impulses and focus your potential, awareness of the impact of self on others, and capacity to read the group and take the role which is needed.

Ethical Decision Making

Make decisions and choices based upon values and a sense of morality about what is right.


Empower to see needs and step forward to make a difference.  Rally others in relevant ways with original ideas (and/or against real world needs).  Have a vision for change and bring that vision into reality, combining contributions of many to bring it to life.

Model our beliefs within our actions.  Rethink authority. Be flexible about roles.  Allow others to take ownership as leaders.  Listen to others.  Be open about and reflective in your practice.  Find your inner tenacity; be flexible and resilient. Encourage and inspire, never impose.


Acera Core Values We Live By

We challenge ourselves to live and make decisions based upon these core values, which we share as a community of learners.


Respect others.  Support others to become the best version of themselves.  Use talents to make a positive difference.  Love children.   See/leverage strength in diverse skills and varied ways of seeing the world.   Understand where others are coming from and respect alternative points of view.


Have a humble heart and an open mind.  Communicate with truth & compassion.  Accept yourself and others.  Communicate to share information, not just on a need to know basis.  Have awareness about and tolerance of different styles.


See challenges as opportunities.  Uncover possibilities and pilot new approaches with courage.  Encourage risk taking.  See struggle and failure as part of learning.  Iterate.


Be accountable: do what you say you will do, and do the right thing.  Make decisions based upon your values.  Honor yourself and your own personal potential by challenging yourself to do your best.  Use your judgment and do what is right.  Develop self-awareness and knowledge of boundaries.


Discover, innovate and learn with a voracious mind.  Maintain a sense of wonder in our world.  Enable freedom and joy in learning, with choices, control and a sense of purpose in learning.  Encourage others to think, engage, and discover their own ideas.