The Ladue School District is pleased to announce that two of its schools, Ladue Middle School and Ladue Early Childhood Center, were each named a 2019 State School of Character (SSOC) by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). The Ladue School District was also recognized as a 2019 State District of Character.
The CEP is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, and its State Schools of Character program recognizes schools that have demonstrated the use of character education and development to create a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.
“We are ecstatic to be able to celebrate multiple recognitions this year through this amazing program, both as a district and through two of our schools,” Superintendent Dr. Donna Jahnke said. “We truly believe that a focus on character education plays a vital role in our students’ individual lives and future success, while leading to the development of a community that sincerely values empathy, honesty and respect.”
Ladue Middle School has approximately 970 students and was also recognized as a National School of Character in 2014. Approximately 850 students participate in a variety of programs provided by the Ladue Early Childhood Center, including its toddler and preschool programs.
Only 87 schools throughout the country received this honor. The Ladue School District serves over 4,200 students and is one of only three districts in the U.S. to receive this recognition.
The State Schools of Character program is not a competition. Schools participating in the program go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development.
The 2019 National Schools of Character will be announced at the 26th National Forum on Character to be held on Oct. 24-27, 2019, in Washington, D.C.