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Schools of Character

Oak Brook Elementary and Sorrento Springs Elementary both recently celebrated their designation as State Schools of Character by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Oak Brook Elementary and Sorrento Springs Elementary are two of only 14 schools in the state to earn the prestigious distinction this year.

At recent school assemblies, Oak Brook Elementary and Sorrento Springs Elementary both received State School of Character banners from Character Plus and the St. Louis Rams. Suzy Ward of Character Plus said it was an honor to spend time in "great schools in a great district."

Thirty states participate in the State Schools of Character program administered by CEP. Being named a State School of Character is a preliminary step to being recognized as a National School of Character by CEP. Each year, CEP’s state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate, through a rigorous evaluation process, that their focus on character development has had a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.
State and National Schools of Character serve as models for other schools, by helping them to achieve the same results.

Other Parkway schools who have received regional and national awards for character education include:

  • Ross Elementary, named a National School of Character in 2012
  • McKelvey Elementary, this Missouri School of Character is now a finalist for a National School of Character.