Habits of a Helios Learner

Knowledgeable and Engaged

The student is a life-long, independent, self-directed learner, embracing curiosity and questions as s/he explores and makes sense of the world.

The student acquires deep knowledge by allowing him/herself to engage with questions and ideas, persevere through hard problems, demonstrate craftsmanship, flexibility and creativity.  The student imagines, makes decisions, demonstrates self-discipline and is accountable for their results.

Imaginative and Inspired

The student values, develops, and uses her/his natural curiosity.  S/he asks questions, conducts inquiry and research, and explores; s/he thinks critically, synthesizes findings, and understands that learning is an ongoing cycle, rather than a finite event.

Risk Taker

The student understands that taking risks and pushing boundaries is integral to meaningful growth.  S/he approaches unfamiliar situations with confidence and courage, and pursues challenges with forethought and deliberation.

Independent Learner

The student is reflective and understands that s/he is ultimately responsible for his/her own learning.  The student is able to assess and understand his/her own strengths and limitations as they relate to the process of learning and personal development.  Further, the student is open to receiving and integrating feedback from others and recognizes that outside input is an important part of growth.

The student is able and willing to give both positive and critical feedback to others in a constructive way.


The student recognizes that a group can be more effective than the individual.  S/he takes responsibility for seeking others’ opinions and ideas, building new knowledge together, and collectively revising and improving.  Highly effective collaborators approach the group’s work with a calming confidence and sincerity, seeking clarity through questions, discussion and debate.


The student articulates his/her ideas competently and confidently using a variety of modes of communication including writing, speaking and listening.   Further, the student uses technology and media and the arts to share his/her ideas.


The student has a personal commitment to service, and acts to make a positive difference to the lives of others.  The student acts with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.


The student understands the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Locally and Globally Responsive

The student shows empathy, compassion, respect towards the needs and feelings of others.  The student understands and appreciates his/her own cultures and personal histories, and is open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.  The student seeks and evaluates a range of points of view, and grows from the experience.

Environmentally Literate

The student has a positive impact on the environment. As steward of the earth, the student demonstrates respect and caring for the natural environment and the global community.   The student develops a sense of joy, wonder and connectedness to the natural world.