A fundamental component of SWOS’s educational program is a character education class, SWOSology, which every student entering SWOS is required to pass. SWOSology, which was modeled after the Discovery Curriculum, was adopted in 1999 in an effort to create consistency in character expectations that would ensure a positive school climate. This class prepares students to be productive in the academic setting by honing skills such as cooperative work, effective communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Acquiring these skills allows them to be more successful in school. Our academic classes emphasize the practice of these skills and offer other unique opportunities for students to develop their character skills while simultaneously gaining core content academic knowledge and skills.