St. Cyril Named a 2018 State School of Character

By IMS Staff

Congratulations to St. Cyril of Alexandria, an Independence Mission School, for being named a 2018 State School of Character by Character.org in Washington, D.C.! Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.

St. Cyril’s was one of 65 schools in the U.S. to receive this honor and the only one in Pennsylvania to be recognized. This is a great accomplishment and we are thrilled to share this news with our IMS community!

“Character training is an essential part of our school community,” said Sister Barbara Montague, IHM Principal. “We form our students spiritually, academically and socially.  Character values are woven into every aspect of our day.  These character values will touch our children’s minds and hearts for their entire lives.”

Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

“We are truly proud of the 2018 state schools and districts,” said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President & CEO. “It has been an honor to validate their character initiatives which have created conditions for life-long learning where students are thriving and growing into ethical and productive members of our society.”

Character.org is a national advocate and leader for character in communities including schools, districts, families, workplaces and sports organizations. Since Character.org’s School of Character program’s inception, they have impacted nearly 1,000,000 students through the Schools of Character process.

To learn more about the schools chosen for the 2018 State School of Character honor, please visit Character.org’s website.