In May, the Character Education Partnership (CEP), in Washington, D. C., named as a 2012 National School of Character.
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.
Selected schools are then expected to serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results. Brentwood Middle is one of 25 schools and 1 school district being recognized nationwide in 2012. Of the 25 schools, six are in Missouri; only three of the 25 schools are middle schools; and Brentwood Middle School is the only middle school in Missouri to receive this recognition this year.
“You hear so much about school problems these days that it’s great to focus on schools that work,” said CEP President and CEO Mark Hyatt. “These schools went through a very rigorous evaluation process and we are thrilled to recognize their achievements and tell their stories.”
Brentwood Middle School Principal Dr. Julie Sperry said the students, staff and parents have been committed to the school motto of, "Excellence in all we do and say."
"Their commitment and perseverance to the concepts of character development has allowed us to receive this award," Sperry said.
Schools and districts from over 30 participating states are named State Schools of Character (SSOC) before advancing to the national level for review. Brentwood Middle School will receive the SSOC award from CharacterPlus for Missouri’s SSOC award at the State Character Education Conference in St. Charles on June 26.
CEP will honor the 2012 National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education, to be held November 1 – 3 in Washington, DC. At the ceremony, Brentwood Middle School will receive an NSOC award, banner, and a small grant to help with outreach efforts.
“These schools have built strong communities that bring people together around shared goals,” said Lara Maupin, NSOC Director. “Nobody feels alone or unwelcome in these schools. Adults are all on the same page about what’s important, and as a result, kids thrive.”