The Character Effect™ is a flexible, new developmental framework launched in seven schools throughout Greater Cincinnati during the 2017-2018 school year. Working together, Beech Acres Parenting Center, Children, Inc. and Mayerson Academy are bringing this powerful and effective framework to Frederick Douglass Elementary, Whitaker Elementary, Holy Family, LEAP Academy, Sands Montessori, Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students and Warren County Learning Center.


The Character Effect™ is designed to improve student’s self-control, increase their classroom participation, cultivate an atmosphere of respect for others, and boost their overall self-acceptance. The goal is to equip the school’s community with specific tools & materials to nurture individual strengths.  Ultimately, our hope is to help the entire school community have the opportunity to be healthy, happy, form positive relationships and achieve their goals.  At the core of The Character Effect™ is providing research informed tools to students, teachers, and parents so they can collectively develop a “growth mindset.”  A growth mindset promotes the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and focusing on effort.

Students, teachers and support staff have taken the fundamentals of The Character Effect™ and run with them! Check out the photos below to see how The Character Effect™ has come to life at Leap Academy.