Character Code & Traits

At ATS we believe that character is an important part of being an educated citizen.  Social skills and virtues enable people to make a positive difference in the world.  An intentional effort to bring these character traits to life in our students can play a role in creating a positive and pro-social, supportive culture in our school.

Expectations: Staff and Students are expected to promote the following character traits:


  • Greet others and respond appropriately when they greet you.
  • Use “please” and thank you” often.
  • Use proper names and formal titles when addressing others (Mr., Mrs., Sir, etc).
  • Use appropriate language.  Swearing or rude language is offensive.
  • Avoid walking between others when they are having a conversation.
  • Be tolerant of different views and perspectives.
  • Respect others who are waiting by proceeding to the back of the line.
  • Raise your hand to speak in class.
  • Share the hallways and stay to the right when possible and keep entrances clear.
  • Line up in single file to enter the building and/or classes when instructed by supervisors.


  • Ask for permission before you borrow or use others’ property.
  • Put things back where you find them.
  • Cover your mouth while coughing, sneezing, or yawning.
  • Maintain your personal hygiene.
  • Arrive to school and class on time.
  • Be prepared for class with the proper materials.
  • Dress appropriately according to the weather conditions.


  • Tell the truth.
  • Never cheat, steal, or plagiarize.
  • Always do your best.
  • Wear your uniform with shirts tucked in and ensure it is neat, clean, and in good condition.
  • Speak kindly of others and avoid gossip and rumours.
  • Report directly to the office upon late arrival before proceeding to class.
  • Accept responsibility for your mistakes.
  • Do not litter and clean up your messes.


  • Be aware of those around you and attempt to share space patiently in common areas.
  • Value others by listening and not interrupting.
  • Forgive others when they make mistakes.
  • Know when to say, “I’m sorry” to make peace with those who have been hurt.
  • Be inclusive and do not purposefully exclude others.


  • Always do the right thing, even when it’s difficult.
  • Speak out appropriately when you or others suffer mistreatment.
  • Think positively and see the possibilities in every challenge.


  • Help others, even when not asked.
  • Volunteer when adults request help.
  • Hold doors open for other and help them with their belongings.
ATS Character Traits