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2018 National Schools of Character

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald

Director of Communications



CharacterPlus Celebrates Local Schools

Receiving 2018 National Schools of Character Distinction


(May 18, 2018) St. Louis, MO… CharacterPlus, the regional affiliate for, is proud to announce the names of our region’s 2018 National Schools of Character. Nationwide, 73 schools and 5 districts were recognized with this honor, and 18 of those schools are from our region.

“We congratulate our member schools for the dedication and commitment that is required to go through the rigorous evaluation process,” said Kasey McKee, Executive Director of CharacterPlus. “CharacterPlus is proud to partner with our member schools during their journey to earn the distinction of National School of Character. This prestigious distinction recognizes the hard work of faculty, teachers, students and families.”

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 processes have had a positive impact on academics, student behavior and school climate. 

This year, for the first time, a school has received the designation for the third time, thus holding the designation for ten consecutive years as a National School of Character:

Chesterfield Elementary*
Rockwood School District

Eight regional schools reapplied and received the designation of National School of Character:

Beasley Elementary*
Mehlville School District 
  LaSalle Springs Middle School*
Rockwood School District
Discovery Ridge Elementary*
Wentzville School District
  Long Elementary*
Lindbergh Schools
Independence Elementary*
Francis Howell School District
  Mehlville High School*
Mehlville School District
Jefferson City Academic Center*
Jefferson City Public Schools
  Ross Elementary*
Parkway School District

 Nine regional schools received the National Schools of Character designation for the first time this year: 

Ballwin Elementary*
Rockwood School District 
          Kentucky Trail Elementary
Belton School District 
Ellis Elementary*
Harmony Emge School District
    Parkway Central Middle School*
Parkway School District 
Farmington Middle School*
Farmington School District
        Parkway Early Childhood*
Parkway School District
Hodge Elementary*
Fox C-6 School District
  Reed School*
Ladue Schools 
    Windsor Elementary*
Windsor C-1 School District

* CharacterPlus member

CharacterPlus member schools represent nearly 25% of the National Schools of Character over the program’s 21-year history.

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