Cynthia Mitchell, Character Coach
Union Academy was established in 2000 on the pillars of Challenge, Character and Community. Our Character Education journey began in the founding principles of the charter, which was developed by parents. Our school was created with the following foundation in mind; to educate the whole child by incorporating community service and our eight character traits (Compassion, Adaptability, Respect, Responsibility, Optimism, Trustworthiness, Perseverance, Initiative) into a challenging curriculum. Union Academy has grown and changed exponentially through the years in number, size, and demographics, yet the UA character education culture that develops students into good citizens, lifelong learners and community volunteers has remained firmly intact.
Our Character Education program includes an annual Character Day, where UA hosts recognized authors and motivational speakers for students, staff and parents, character assemblies, thoughtful and intentional advisory lessons, character goal writing for high school students, special programs, book studies, etc. Our character program includes our Character Coach, parents, staff, students, and community members to help maintain a consistent and enriching program where we are perpetually learning and growing. The impact of character education is evident in our yearly surveys when character is always listed by staff, students, and parents as a leading reason they chose our school.
At Union Academy, our 2,000 students believe in doing the right thing, even when no one is looking, and that historic UA pledge is promulgated across the school campus each morning after the pledge of allegiance.