Character Counts!

Character Counts! is a character-education and ethical decision making program incorporated into the FCPS curriculum at all grade levels. It promotes six "pillars of character"--caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness--to reinforce a safe and positive school environment conducive to teaching and learning. Students and their families are expected to model good character when attending or participating in extra-curricular activities and community events.

Character Counts! helps people make appropriate choices every day. FCPS educates students to become caring, respectful and responsible citizens and family members. All our schools are safe and welcoming, with climates that foster learning and character development.


Janet Shipman
Coordinator, Student Services

(301) 644-5220

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The six pillars of character are criteria for problem solving. When students act, they ask:

  • Does it show trustworthiness?
  • Does it show respect?
  • Is it responsible?
  • Is it fair?
  • Does it show caring?
  • Does it show citizenship?

Frederick County Public Schools Character Counts! Partners