A Disciplined Life®

At Perspectives, we teach ethics. Our 26 principles of A Disciplined Life® (ADL) guide student behavior and performance, helping them to develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and the tools for productivity. The principles of A Disciplined Life form the foundation of our Perspectives Charter Schools experience, building a culture of success and addressing each student as a whole person, understanding that character growth and academic progress are interdependent.

Perspectives' staff consistently use the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life below to teach, redirect and inspire students and one another. In turn, students begin to use this language themselves. Ultimately, our parents and families learn to embody the principles of A Disciplined Life at home.

For more information about A Disciplined Life® or to learn how this model can be replicated, please email President and Co-Founder Diana Shulla-Cose.

Self Perception

  • Accept only quality work from yourself
  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Seek wisdom
  • Be open-minded
  • Think critically and be inquisitive
  • Love who you are
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • Be generous
  • Be a life-long learner
  • Live a healthy lifestyle


  • Communicate effectively
  • Challenge each other intellectually
  • Show gratitude
  • Solve conflicts peacefully
  • Respect differences
  • Be positive and supportive
  • Show compassion


  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic
  • Use your time wisely
  • Listen actively
  • Be punctual and prepared
  • Be organized
  • Be reflective
  • Be reliable
  • Take initiative
  • Demonstrate perseverance


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