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Character Counts
Northview High School recognized for
excellence in character education

Character education forms the foundation for everything that happens at Northview High School, and now the school is getting nationwide recognition for its efforts.

The Character Education Partnership recently named Northview as a 2012 National School of Character.

Northview, one of five special education schools operated by Special School District of St. Louis County, is one of 24 schools and one school district being recognized nationwide in 2012. It is the only one of five schools honored in the St. Louis metropolitan region that serves an entirely special education population.

Each year, CEP selects schools and districts that demonstrate through a rigorous evaluation process that their focus on character development has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

“We have a committee of staff members that have really adopted character education in our school through in-services, promotion, facilitation and professional development,” said Northview Principal Stephanie Valleroy. “It's such a wonderful feeling for others to see what our students, staff and parents do. It's because of them that we're able to win this award.”

Character became a primary focus at Northview in 2002 when the school's Club of Character formed. Those efforts have continued through events like the quarterly Hero Luncheon. Peers nominate classmates by giving examples of actions that show good character. The winners are escorted from class to the luncheon and honored with a badge to wear.

National Schools of Character honorees serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results.

“You hear so much about school problems these days that it's great to focus on schools that work,” said CEP president and chief executive officer Mark Hyatt. “These schools went through a very rigorous evaluation process and we are thrilled to recognize their achievements and tell their stories.”

Earlier this year, Northview was among 12 schools from the St. Louis metropolitan region to earn distinction as a 2012 Missouri School of Character before advancing to the national level for review.

CEP will honor the 2012 National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education, to be held Nov. 1-3 in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, Northview will receive a National School of Character award, banner, and a small grant to help with outreach efforts.

For more information about CEP and the National Schools of Character program, visit www.character.org.


kids sitting in front of character education painted wall
Northview students Chris Tomblin (far left) and Keegan Baker (far right) sit with staff member Cindy Janoski in front of a hallway painting highlighting key concepts of character education at Northview.
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