Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character, named Child of God Lutheran School of St. Peters, MO, as a 2024 State School of Character, the first Lutheran school to receive this recognition. Character.org certifies schools and districts each year at the state level that have developed and implemented an intentional, proactive, and comprehensive approach that embeds character into all aspects of the school life. Since its inception, Character.org’s Schools of Character program has positively impacted nearly three million students, staff, parents, and other community members.
There were 228 schools globally that applied for Character.org‘s State School of Character designation. Child of God’s overall score of 3.5 shows that the school maintains a high level of commitment to creating a caring community where students have ample opportunities to practice and reflect on their character strengths of love, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control. Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character. The Framework includes key indicators on creating a caring school community where everyone feels they belong, providing students with opportunities to practice and reflect on their character strengths, and engaging families and communities as partners in the school’s character initiative.
The evaluators provided great feedback to validate Child of God’s effective practices in place and provided direction on approaches for continual improvement. Child of God Lutheran School appreciates the partnership with @CharacterPlus, which helps the school continue to reach their mission of developing Christ-like character.
To learn more about this achievement, visit Character.org.