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The Essential Eight

Bryan ISD is renewing its focus on character education for all grade levels. The District's Essential Eight includes engaging lessons and activities that will incorporate eight essential character traits to help ensure students’ success during their school years and beyond graduation. 

“While we will always focus on equipping our students for success through academics, we know that ‘soft skills’ are also very important in creating a well-rounded citizen for their years beyond the classroom walls,” Superintendent Christie Whitbeck said.   

The monthly Essential Eight character traits are:  

Videos about each character trait will be added to throughout the school year and posters will be seen around the Bryan community.

Age-appropriate lessons have been designed and will be rolled out each month during the corresponding trait. These weekly lessons will build upon each other during the month, and students will receive new lessons when they move to the next grade level.

“This is not a one-year initiative or a program, but a way of life within Bryan ISD for our students and our employees going forward,” Whitbeck said. “We are hopeful that our parents and community leaders will join us in reinforcing these traits as we help our students become exceptional citizens.”

Want to Get Involved? Email or call 979-209-1020 to learn how your organization can model the Essential Eight in our community.


Supported by the Bryan ISD Education Foundation