Discovery Ridge Elementary in the Wentzville School District has been named a 2018 National School of Character by CharacterPlus, the regional affiliate for Character.org. Discovery Ridge Elementary is one of only 30 public elementary schools from around the country to receive the honor this year. A school holds the designation for five years and this marks the second time since Discovery Ridge opened in 2010 that it has received this distinction. National Schools of Character have demonstrated a focus on character development that has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.
“Our recognition as a National School of Character is an affirmation and celebration of not only our school community’s culture and climate, but also our growth in them over the last five years since receiving the recognition in 2013,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates. “Our practices honoring diversity, strong tiered processes and implementation of relationship-building structures such as cross-grade ‘families’ have led to student growth and added to the depth of our care for each other. We look forward to our continued journey as a caring school community!”
All of the National Schools of Character have created caring, supportive school communities that meet the needs of students. Each school is recognized for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning. “Discovery Ridge instills in its students the importance of respect, responsibility and caring behaviors. As a parent, these are characteristics I know my children will need well into their adult lives,” said Discovery Ridge parent Kara Roberson. “I am very thankful for the emphasis placed on these character-building attributes and I am excited to see the school honored once again with the 2018 National School of Character recognition. The character-development programs provided by DRE’s staff and administration have given all of our students a strong foundation to excel academically and personally.”
Discovery Ridge Elementary will be honored along with the other nationally designated schools and districts in October at Character.org‘s 25th National Forum on Character in Washington, D.C. The mission of Character.org is to provide leadership and advocacy for character worldwide. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping people everywhere become educated, inspired, and empowered to be ethical and compassionate citizens.