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CharacterPlus Celebrates 2019 State Schools of Character

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Christine McDonald
Director of Communications

CharacterPlus Celebrates 2019 State Schools of Character

(January 29, 2019) St. Louis, MO… CharacterPlus, a resource of EducationPlus, congratulates the eighteen schools and three school districts that have been named "Missouri and Illinois Schools of Character" by These schools have demonstrated that their focus on character development had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. Nationally, 87 schools and 3 school districts received the honor this year. State Schools of Character (SSOC) are selected by in collaboration with state sponsors and recognize schools that have achieved a standard of excellence in the area of character development. The SSOC designation recognizes schools and districts that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. These schools will hold this status for five years.

Schools recognized this year as State Schools of Character include (*denotes CharacterPlus member):

Missouri Schools of Character:

Blevins Elementary (Rockwood School District)*

Brennan Woods Elementary (Northwest R-1 School District)

Cambridge Elementary (Belton School District)

Hanna Woods Elementary (Parkway Schools)*

Hillcrest STEAM Academy (Belton School District)

Hiram Neuwoehner High (Special School District)*

Ladue Early Childhood (Ladue School District)*

Ladue Middle (Ladue School District)*

Lafayette High (Rockwood School District)*

Lindbergh High (Lindbergh Schools)*

Maple Grove Elementary (Northwest R-1 School District)

McKelvey Elementary (Parkway Schools)*

Parkway Central High (Parkway Schools)*

Parkway West Middle (Parkway Schools)*

Sperreng Middle (Lindbergh Schools)*

Truman Middle (Lindbergh Schools)*  

Missouri Districts of Character:

Ladue School District*

Lindbergh School District*

Mehlville School District* 

Illinois Schools of Character:

Harmony Intermediate (Harmony Emge School District)*

Emge Junior High (Harmony Emge School District)* 

Additionally, five schools received the designation of Honorable Mention this year. They include:

Eureka High (Rockwood School District)*

Freer Elementary (Windsor School District)*

Marquette High (Rockwood School District)*

Notre Dame de Sion School

Parkway West High (Parkway Schools)*

All schools named a State School of Character this year are eligible to be considered for National School of Character. If a school is designated a National School of Character, they will hold that designation for five years. The State Schools of Character program in Missouri is administered by CharacterPlus and is generously supported by Emerson. CharacterPlus 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. For additional information about this event or each school’s journey to State School of Character designation, contact Christine McDonald, EducationPlus Director of Communications, at 314.692.1233 or