Our Core Values

New York Academy is explicit and intentional at supporting the growth of our students’ virtues of good character; and, we have placed three virtues at the top:


We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school, and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

  • Values all members of the school community
  • Displays acceptance of others with different points of view and beliefs
  • Shows respect for the school buildings, furnishings and surrounding environment


Honesty is being truthful and sincere. It is important because it builds trust. When people are honest, they can be relied on to not lie, cheat or steal. Being honest means that you accept yourself as you are. When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you.


  • Develops original ideas that have value
  • Fosters imagination, bringing to mind things that aren’t present to our senses
  • Innovates by putting new ideas into practice


  • Shows receptivity to new ideas
  • Considers the merits of alternative points of view
  • Appreciates diverse peoples and cultures


  • Has a positive self-image and self – esteem
  • Takes risks to explore new ideas and try new skills
  • Expresses thoughts and ideas

Self Discipline

Self-discipline means self-control. It is being who you really are and doing what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You act, instead of reacting. You get things done in an orderly and efficient way. You are self-directed. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.

  • Demonstrates positive, healthy social behavior
  • Seeks to achieve his/her personal best
  • Establishes goals and demonstrates perseverance to achieve the goals