Main Article Content
Character education reinforcement in secondary school is one of the educational programs aimed to expect the tendency of moral perversion because of moral decadence. Various forms of moral deviations result in students being alienated from normal life. This article aims to discuss character values reinforcement and the principal's transformational leadership strategy to shape student characters in a descriptive-critical way. The aims of this study are school strategies in optimizing to carry out character education reinforcement. This research uses a qualitative method with a case study design. Data analysis used a modified analytic analysis method. Meanwhile, the data validity measurement was based on the level of credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability. The results emphasize the importance of shaping student character as an anticipatory step to decrease moral distortions among high school students and the effectiveness of the principal's transformational leadership role in optimizing implementing character education strengthening programs in schools.