Accredited Self-improvement Course

The Self-Improvement Course is a critical component of what makes Life Quest Girls Academy students successfully well rounded young ladies.  Students who complete the Self-Improvement Course have the ability to demonstrate that they can safely and independently navigate their own lives by making wise, self-serving choices.  The Self-Improvement Course is comprised of 4 Modules, each Module containing 4 Topics of study for a total of 16 Topics.  Each Topic requires a minimum of 2 weeks to complete.  Each topic provides a learning opportunity for each student that teaches them timeless life values that all parents want for their daughter that will undoubtedly help her be successful in and out of the classroom.  

The goal of the Self-Improvement Course is to develop strengths in each student where they develop honesty, reliability, grit, determination, healthy boundaries, and above all strong character as students and productive citizens in society where they live their lives by example.  Completion of the Self-Imrovement Course provides one academic elective credit towards high school graduation.  Life Quest Girls Academy students need to be willing to complete the Modules and Topics assigned to them and parents need to help hold them accountable through completion of all 4 Modules.

Our self-improvement course covers topics such as:

Goal Setting

As a student at Life Quest Girls Academy, Goal Setting will play a major role in your daughter’s success.  When setting a Goal, we use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym to help you create meaningful, attainable, and realistic goals.

Choice & Accountability

We teach that being accountable for your past actions and words is a critical step in your daughters progress as a student at Life Quest Girls Academy.  If you cannot take accountability for your past wrongs, you cannot have a change of heart.  One of the first steps on your daughters journey will be to recognize that they have the need to change habits that are destructive. 

Perspective/Victim Mindset

We teach that having a healthy perspective in life means you are in control of your emotions at any given moment, and you are able to see the “Big Picture” for your life.  Coupled with this is to never “Play the Victim” for your past, or current circumstance at any given moment.   We want your daughter to reflect on how they can move forward and make significant changes in their life to help them be successful.  The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives, and everything to do with the focus of our lives.

Gratitude

We teach that gratitude is the quality of being thankful; a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Grateful people see the world through a different lens. They are more resilient because they do not allow themselves to wallow in self pity. Rather, they are able to identify the good in their life and in each situation. Having sincere, genuine gratitude is a major key to your daughter’s success.

Grit/Hard work/Determination

We teach that having “Grit” means your daughter can have determination and can be willing to work hard for the things that matter most in their life.  Have you ever wondered why naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential, while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things?  The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence.  In other words, GRIT.

Honesty/Integrity

We teach that integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Having integrity means doing the right thing in a reliable way. It’s a personality trait that we admire, since it means a person has a moral compass that doesn’t waver.  “Honesty is the best policy.”

Adding Value to the World Around You/ Service

We teach that service is an action we can take to help others or add value to the world around us.  When we serve,  Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others…” Leo Rosten took it a step further when he said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy- but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.

Leadership

We teach that a leader inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.  Here at Quest, you daughter will be given a leadership position. We also give time in the program for your daughter to study and decide what kind of leader they want to be.  There have been many examples throughout history of good and bad leaders.  A good leader strives to become better than they are, even in leadership, and helps others around them be better too.

Habits

We teach the students that the reality is that they – and the life they lead today – are the result of their habits. Changing habits can seem difficult to accomplish at first, but success is a result of their habits.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words,Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Growth Mindset

We teach that a “Growth Mindset” means that a person believes their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.  People who embrace growth mindsets—the belief that they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere—may learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their situations, their learning, and their skills.

Desires and Ambitions

we teach that ambition is a determination to achieve success.  An ambitious person is someone always striving to reach a goal. Through hard work, dedication and perseverance — an ambitious person doesn’t give up. An ambitious person pushes forward and is determined to succeed.

Entitlement vs. Earning

We teach that entitlement is the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment without having to earn them.  In contrast to this, earning is defined as gaining deservedly in return for one’s behavior or achievements.  When you earn something, you value and appreciate whatever it is that you have earned instead of taking it for granted.  When someone possesses an entitlement attitude, they possess an immature and selfish personality trait.

Mastering Your Emotions

we teach each student that mastering their emotions is a vital key to their success. Emotional intelligence begins with the student identifying their emotions properly, and then processing those emotions in a healthy way.

Healthy Relationships

We teach each student that in order to build  and maintain healthy relationships, they must find ways in their own lives to take the inititave and to identify ways to look outside themselves and truly see people that surround them. This can be as simple as writing about healthy relationships that exist in their current life as well as finding and nurtuing new relationships through healthy conversation and interperonsal activity.

Forgiveness

Each student at Life Quest has the opportunity to look back at their lives and identity key moments or relatinoships where the process of forgiveness can begin. It is not just about forgiving and forgetting but a process of controlling our past memories. “While we can’t control what memories stick with us or not, we can control our attention. Specifically, we can exert control over how much we choose to focus on and ruminate about past wrongs committed against us.” — Nick Wignall

Living a Confident Life

Near the end of their time here at Life Quest, we give each young lady the opportunity to reflect back on their time here and give gratitude to those people who have helped them along the way. It is proven that once we show grattitude for the things we have in life, we are given more in return. This also includes an ongoing confidence that what we give, we get back.