National Schools of Character

  • Each year, Character.org recognizes schools across the country who are doing outstanding things with character education.  These schools are distinguished by the fact that the adults in the building embrace their role as models for students.  The entire school staff works collaboratively with students, parents, and community members.  All stakeholders aim to positively shape the social, emotional, and character development of the young people in their community. Students in schools of character report feeling safe, respected, and connected to others around them.  Because of this, they thrive both socially and academically.

    Parkway Schools was recertified as a National School District of Character in 2022. The following twelve schools have also been nationally recognized for exemplary work in character education: 

                 School of Character

    National Schools of Character:

    • Barretts Elementary
    • Carman Trails Elementary
    • Claymont
    • Craig Elementary
    • Green Trails Elementary
    • Hanna Woods Elementary
    • Highcroft Elementary
    • Mason Ridge
    • McKelvey Elementary
    • Oak Brook Elementary
    • Ross Elementary
    • Wren Hollow Elementary
    • Central Middle
    • Northeast Middle
    • South Middle
    • Southwest Middle
    • West Middle
    • Central High
    • Parkway Early Childhood Center


    Promising Practices in Character Education

    Each year, as part of the Schools of Character program, Character.org recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies.  Congratulations to the following Parkway schools who were recognized by Character.org for Promising Practices in 2023.

    • Carman Trails Elementary
    • McKelvey Elementary
    • Oak Brook Elementary 
    • Northeast Middle School
    • Parkway School District

    To see samples of Promising Practices, click HERE.

    National Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools

    The Lighthouse Milestone is a highly regarded standard set by FranklinCovey that is attainable by every Leader in Me School. The attainment of the Lighthouse Milestone represents a significant benchmark, and it is evident that a high standard has been met by a school. Four Parkway schools have achieved this national recognition.

    • Barretts Elementary
    • Bellerive Elementary 
    • River Bend Elementary