The 8 Keys of Excellence

The 8 Keys of Excellence have been inspiring excellence in young people for the past 25+ years through SuperCamp summer enrichment programs and Quantum Learning school programs.

Thousands of schools have adopted the 8 Keys of Excellence as their preferred method of character education. Schools have selected their students of the year based on who best demonstrated the ability to live the 8 Keys throughout the school year. Other schools have chosen the 8 Keys as their theme for yearbooks and school plays.

Research on 8 Keys schools has shown the positive effects of the 8 Keys. One study revealed that after implementing the 8 Keys of Excellence school-wide for one year, teachers increased their ability to engage all students in learning, effectively manage classroom behavior, make meaningful connections to content, improve student socialization, cultivate positive attitudes in their classroom and encourage students to take responsibility for their learning.

Teachers also reported higher levels of joy and satisfaction from teaching at the end of the year then the beginning, and an increased school spirit. Suspensions and expulsions went down approximately 30% and average student GPA increased a half letter grade.

Read an excerpt from Bobbi DePorter’s book, The 8 Keys of Excellence, on Defining Excellence (PDF)

Overview of the 8 Keys of Excellence


Match behaviors with values.
Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say. Be sincere and real.

failure leads to success

Failure Leads to Success
Learn from mistakes.
View failures as feedback that provides you with the information you need to learn, grow and succeed.

Speak with Good Purpose

Speak with Good Purpose
Speak honestly and kindly.
Think before you speak. Make sure your intention is positive and your words are sincere.

This is It!

This is It!
Make the most of every moment.
Focus your attention on the present moment. Keep a positive attitude.


Make your dreams happen.
Take positive action. Follow your vision without wavering.


Take responsibility for actions.
Be responsible for your thoughts, feelings, words and actions. “Own” the choices you make and the results that follow.


Be willing to do things differently.
Recognize what’s not working and be willing to change what you’re doing to achieve your goal.


Live your best life.
Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment come when your mind, body and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.

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8 Keys of Excellence
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Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: 760-305-7317
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