2020 National Schools of Character


(May 15, 2020) St. Louis, MO… CharacterPlus®, the longest-running character education initiative in the country, is proud to announce the area’s sixteen schools and one district named 2020 National Schools of Character. These schools and district have demonstrated a focus on character development which has positively impacted academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Nationally, eighty-four schools and seven school districts received the honor this year.


All of the schools selected as National Schools of Character have demonstrated exemplary implementation of Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework for whole-school improvement. This designation lasts for five years.


One of the highlights of our year at CharacterPlus is recognizing the hard work and dedication of these schools. CharacterPlus members historically represent more than 20% of the nation’s National School of Character designees.


This year, six regional schools previously recognized as National Schools of Character reapplied and received the designation for the second time. Those schools are:  

Bayless Junior High

Bayless School District


Cold Water Elementary

Hazelwood School District


Oak Brook Elementary

Parkway School District


Oakville High

Mehlville School District


Selvidge Middle

Rockwood School District


Windsor High

Windsor C-1 School District  


An additional ten schools and one district received the designation of National School or District of Character for the first time. They are:  

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Brown Elementary

Hazelwood School District


Crestview Middle

Rockwood School District


Highcroft Ridge Elementary

Parkway School District


James E. Freer Elementary

Windsor C-1 School District


Parkway Central High

Parkway School District

Parkway West Middle

Parkway School District


Spoede Elementary

Ladue School District


Wren Hollow Elementary

Parkway School District


Brennan Woods Elementary

Northwest R-1 School District


Cambridge Elementary

Belton School District #124


Windsor C-1 School District


The Schools of Character program in Missouri is managed locally by CharacterPlus and is generously supported by Emerson. CharacterPlus, located in St. Louis, is a membership-based nonprofit organization committed to equipping school stakeholders with the resources they need to provide high quality character education. Through CharacterPlus, schools receive evidence-based development and training in effective character education for school transformation.  


The 11 Principles of Character Education and State and National Schools of Character are trademarks of Character.org in Washington, DC. Character.org and CharacterPlus have been partners in character education since 1993.


For additional information about this recognition or each school’s journey to State or National School of Character designation, please contact Nicole Diehl, Missouri Schools of Character Coordinator, at ndiehl@characterplus.org.