Qualities for life

There’s more to learning than gaining knowledge. To bring transformation from the inside out, we stay true to our values and invite everyone to join in.

Benefits of LifePlus

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We learn

We are purposeful, curious and discerning.

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We love

We are connected, courageous and compassionate.

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We lead

We are humble and persistent in service.

LifePlus 9 Qualities for Life

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I treat myself and every person with intrinsic value and purpose.

I strategically use the gifts and talents that I have to accomplish bigger purposes.

I look for deeper meaning and explanations and I am not content with appearances or easy answers.

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I investigate and explore by asking questions and critically thinking about the answers.

I am eager for authentic knowledge, wisdom and understanding.

I refuse to let others do my thinking for me or cheat myself out of learning opportunities.

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I can see and understand people, things or situations clearly.

I use knowledge to make wise choices and judgments, speak the truth and live with integrity.

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I value people, and so I invest in communication, language learning, and understanding the cultures in which I live.

I collaborate effectively and respectfully with people from any culture.

I build and maintain healthy relationships with others in my life.

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I take risks and boldly do what is best.

I am willing to ask questions and make mistakes.

I persist in thinking, inquiring and discussing even in the presence of threat or fear.

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I show empathy for others and look for ways to make a difference.

I listen carefully and think deeply to determine the best response or action.

I will communicate my beliefs with clarity and respect.

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I have an accurate picture of my abilities, thinking neither too highly or too lowly of myself.

I acknowledge my limitations and my need for help, as well as accept criticism and demonstrate a teachable spirit.

I demonstrate good sportsmanship.

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I strive for excellence and practice diligence to get things right; I don’t give up.

I respectfully communicate until I am understood and question until I understand.

I approach challenges with tenacity, creativity and thinking.

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I make available my gifts, talents, time, energy and enthusiasm to serve the needs of those around me.

I show love towards the world around me by being a responsible caretaker of our resources.

Recognized for excellence

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International School of Qingdao is accredited by Cognia, the largest education improvement organization in the world—demonstrating our commitment to learners, teachers, leaders and communities.