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CharacterPlus Celebrates 2017 National Schools of Character

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald

Director of Communications




CharacterPlus Celebrates Local Area Schools

Receiving 2017 National Schools of Character Distinction 

(May 9, 2017) St. Louis, MO… has recognized 83 schools and four school districts as 2017 National Schools of Character. This year, more than 20% of all National Schools of Character are members of CharacterPlus, and two of the four school districts are CharacterPlus members.

“CharacterPlus has been a proud partner with our member schools during their journey to earn the distinction of National School of Character,” said Dr. Julie Sperry, Executive Director of CharacterPlus. “We congratulate our member schools for the dedication and commitment that is required to go through the rigorous evaluation process. Their hard work has been rewarded by this recognition.”

All of the schools selected as National Schools of Character have demonstrated a dedicated focus on character development programs and provided data that their character education program has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior and school climate.  On average, local recipients have seen an in-school suspensions decrease by 17% and a 39% decrease in out-of-school suspensions.

The local recipients include:  

Alma Schrader Elementary School (Cape Girardeau School District)

Belleville (Illinois) Public Schools District 118 – District of Character

Carman Trails Elementary School (Parkway School District)

*Francis Howell Middle School (Francis Howell School District)

*George Guffey Elementary (Fox C-6 School District)

Green Pines Elementary (Rockwood School District)

Green Trails Elementary (Parkway School District)

*Kehrs Mill Elementary (Rockwood School District)

*Kellison Elementary School (Rockwood School District)

Kennard Classical Junior Academy (St. Louis Public School District)

Lindbergh Early Childhood (Lindbergh School District)

*Northview High School (Special School District)

Parkway School District – District of Character 

Parkway Northeast Middle School (Parkway School District)

Parkway Southwest Middle School (Parkway School District)

Rockwood Early Childhood (Rockwood School District)

Stanton Elementary (Rockwood School District)

*Trautwein Elementary (Mehlville School District)

Wild Horse Elementary (Rockwood School District)

*Denotes a school/district who has received the designation for a second time.

The Schools of Character application process provides an opportunity for schools to receive feedback as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character education as measured by the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. The designated schools earn the right to use the National School of Character name and logo for 5 years.

CharacterPlus, a resource of EducationPlus, is a nonprofit committed to developing positive character traits in young people by providing a high-quality character education process and resources to schools, homes and communities. Through CharacterPlus, these schools have received development and training in effective character education for school transformation.  To learn more about the work of CharacterPlus, visit

For additional information about each school’s journey to National School of Character designation, contact Christine McDonald, EducationPlus Director of Communications, at 314.692.1233 or