Imagine Schools has been named as a 2020 National District of Character. The award, given by Character.org, recognizes the value of developing exemplary character in students.
Imagine Schools has been recognized as a “2020 National District of Character” by Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character development, and is one of only seven school districts in the nation to receive this award.
School districts that apply to become National Districts of Character have to ensure their schools reach a standard of excellence, a process that may take several years. Once they reach this level they are recognized as Districts of Character and asked to help other districts transform the culture of their schools.
“Character education is foundational in every classroom and each campus within our Imagine Schools family,” explains Jason Bryant, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Schools. “We are so fortunate to have such a strong focus of character development in our scholars.”
Additionally, four individual Imagine campuses were recognized as National Schools of Character:
- Imagine Bell Canyon, Arizona
- Imagine Coolidge Elementary, Arizona
- Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy, Florida
- Imagine Schools at South Lake, Florida (recertified for the 4th time)
National Schools of Character are schools and districts that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.
“Each of these schools and school districts has put in place a comprehensive approach to help their students understand, care about, and consistently practice the core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in relationships, in the workplace, and as citizens,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, President of Character.org.
A number of Imagine schools demonstrate that academic rigor, enhanced by character building, provides rich learning experiences. They also follow strict measures of excellence such as academic growth, character development, economic sustainability, parent choice, shared values, and school development.
“This award recognizes the effort of the entire organization and we are very proud that Imagine Schools is the only charter network in the nation to receive this award,” concluded Jason Bryant.