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VPMS named National School of Character

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, named Valley Park Middle School a 2016 National School of Character for the second time. The school went through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process after being named a State School of Character in January. The school was found to be an exemplary model of character development. It is one of just 68 schools recognized nationally.


Each year, and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs that show a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Criteria for selection are based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a guide to providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.


“Being named a National School of Character for the second time demonstrates a high level of dedication from our entire school community,” said VPMS principal Dr. Tad Savage.  “Our Five Pillars (Responsibility, Respect, Compassion, Determination, and Integrity) continue to be the foundation that holds us to higher standards socially, emotionally, and academically. I'm extremely proud of our students, staff, parents, and entire school family for their continued support during our journey.” will honor the designated schools and districts at its 23rd National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 14-15, 2016, in Washington, DC. Visit to learn more about the National Forum, the Schools of Character program (State & National), and the other 2016 national honorees.


About Character Education: Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.


About Founded in 1993,, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools and districts to inspire, educate and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to youth learning how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, the decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and school violence and an increase in an overall positive school climate.