The schools and districts that apply must meet the rigorous standards articulated in Character.org’s 11 Principles Framework for Schools. Each school is assessed by a team of trained evaluators. Union Academy’s renewal application and evaluation included a thorough explanation of the established character program as well as evidence the School used the feedback from the 2016 Character.org report to guide their character journey and make steps for improvement.
According to Character.org, “Throughout Union Academy’s School of Character recertification application, they have demonstrated their continued alignment with the 11 Principles of Framework as the foundation for their character initiative, as well as serving as role models and mentors for other schools and organizations.”
UA will hold the state and national certification for five years before reapplying. K-12 Character Coach Cynthia Mitchell commented, “This recertification means so much, since character is such an important part of who we are as a school. Being a school of character means that through the last five years of growth, changes, challenges, and celebrations, we have worked hard as a school community to maintain the integrity of our core values. I am so proud to be a part of the Union Academy family!”
UA’s mission focuses on educating students through Challenge, Character, and Community. The character program centers around eight character traits: compassion, adaptability, respect, responsibility, optimism, trustworthiness, perseverance, and initiative. Counselor Kelly Brun said, “Union Academy was built on the belief that educating the heart is as important as educating the mind. This recognition is proof that our staff continues to support this belief and prioritizes building community within our school.”
Head of School John Marshall began his role at UA in July 2020, “I am thrilled that UA has again achieved this distinction. This designation reflects that faculty and families embrace our mission and live out our core values of character, community and challenge. As the only National School of Character in the state of North Carolina, this award speaks to the rigor of the application process and ongoing success of our great school.”
Character.org will honor the 2021 National Schools of Character at its next Annual Forum, to be held virtually, October 20-22, 2021.
About Union Academy:
Established in 2000, Union Academy (UA) was the first charter school in Union County. Serving almost 2,000 students in grades K-12, UA is committed to educating the whole child through its mission of Challenge, Character, and Community by incorporating eight character traits into a challenging curriculum and service to the community. In 2016, Union Academy was also recognized as a State and National School of Character. The Charlotte Business Journal awarded UA the 2020 Healthiest Workplace, and UA has been a Top Workplace in the Charlotte Observer Region in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Character.org National Schools of Character Press Release 2021
Character.org State Schools of Character Press Release 2021https://assets.noviams.com/novi-file-uploads/cdo/pdfs-and-documents/SoC/Press_Release_State_Schools_of_Character_2021.pdf