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Neuwoehner High School Earns National School of Character Honor

NSOC badgeThe Character Education Partnership has named Neuwoehner High School as a 2014 National School of Character.

Neuwoehner, one of five special education schools operated by Special School District of St. Louis County, is one of 41 schools and three school districts being recognized nationwide in 2014. It is the only one of 10 schools and two school districts honored this year 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.

Neuwoehner Principal Lorie Arnsman-Schwartz said the national honor is recognition of the hard work the school’s staff and students have done.

Service projects, guest speakers, monthly focus on individual character traits and bullying prevention activities are all key elements of Neuwoehner’s character education efforts.

“As our character grows, we build caring relationships with others and build a better community,” said Arnsman-Schwartz.

Selected schools will serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results.
Earlier this year, Neuwoehner was among eight schools and two school districts from the St. Louis metropolitan region to earn distinction as a 2014 Missouri School of Character before advancing to the national level for review.

CEP will honor the 2014 National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education, to be held the weekend of Oct. 30, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Located in Town & Country, Missouri, Neuwoehner educates students 14 to 21 years old with a range of disabilities. Students attending Neuwoehner live in several nearby school districts: Brentwood, Clayton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Normandy, Ritenour, Pattonville, University City and portions of Parkway and Rockwood. The school also serves students with autism from throughout Central and South St. Louis County.

Neuwoehner is the second SSD school to recently receive recognition as a National School of Character. Northview High School earned the honor in 2012.

For more information about CEP and the National Schools of Character program, visit

award presentation at CharacterPlus conference
Staff members from Neuwoehner High School received recognition for the school’s state and national School of Character designations at the CharacterPlus national conference held June 16-18 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

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