The Character Counts program is designed to build a positive school climate by focusing on six pillars of character - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Character education teaches universally accepted values and motivates youth to incorporate these values into their lives. This program is endorsed by the Arizona Character Education Commission that was established by Governor Jane Dee Hull in 1999. The school community works together to help students understand these traits and to celebrate students who exhibit those traits. Training, monthly assemblies, Student of the Month, special rewards, and celebrations are planned as part of this program.