• 2021 State and National School of Character


    In 2021, Character Plus is pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate and leader for the character education movement in collaboration with Missouri, named Barretts Elementary a 2021 Missouri and Natioanl School of Character. The program recognized Barretts as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and Barretts climate.

    The Schools of Character application process is an opportunity for schools and districts to receive thoughtful feedback for growth and excellence in the area of character development through Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. It is also a method of recognizing exemplary schools and districts in the nation.

    Since its inception, Character.org has awarded more than 500 schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Criteria for the designation are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.

    We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools in Missouri to participate in this program in order to enhance student’s lives statewide.

    About Character.org:  Founded in 1993, Character.org, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools and districts to inspire, educate and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to youth learning how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.