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Character Education

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Community Service and Engagement

We encourage students to become active community members who share a responsibility with the world around them and can build awareness and work together to achieve larger common goals. Students participate in a variety of community engagement and service endeavors throughout the year 


Park Century has long-standing partnerships with the Westside Children’s Center, Heal the Bay, and the Westside Food Bank. We hold canned food drives, book drives, and an annual candy drive for Operation Gratitude. Every winter, our students participate in the Kids Heart Challenge. Our students have also volunteered at the Miriam House, Upward Bound, and The Painted Turtle. Additionally, we have raised funds for local nonprofits, such as the California Fire Foundation, through various student-led initiatives.

The Panther Way


Kindness. Respect. Responsibility. Cooperation. Honesty. Resilience.

We infuse character education into academic and social settings throughout each student’s experience through our signature values framework, the Panther Way.


Students develop perspective to become moral, caring, ethical, responsible, and engaged citizens who understand the world, and develop skills to become conscientious adults.

8th Grade Buddies

8th graders pair up with 2nd and 3rd grade students in buddies to introduce younger students to Park Century culture, provide advice and mentorship, build trusting relationships, and strengthen our community bond. The buddy program also gives older students the opportunity for hands-on involvement in shaping our future. Buddies meet weekly to play games, get to know each other in one-to-one interviews, provide academic support, and help with team-oriented projects.

Panther Packs

Panther Packs are comprised of students from each grade level who meet monthly to focus on one of the six character traits of the Panther Way - Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation, Honesty, and Resilience.


A Panther trait is paired with a service learning or community building project like Earth Day activities on the theme “Responsibility."  Students build a sense of school community and enhance character education and parents are encouraged to find ways to foster the Panther Way traits outside of school hours to create a common language and values system between home and school.

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Common Sense Media

Our partnership with Common Sense is part of our ongoing commitment to a whole-community approach of empowering students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

Our community has access to resources including weekly tips, educator training, and invitations to timely in-person parent talks in our community.

Park Century is proud to continue this work with Common Sense as part of the movement to ensure our students' digital well-being and long-term success in learning and life.  .

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