Award Winning Schools
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State Schools of Character Award Winners

2009
*Peak to Peak Charter School
Boulder Valley School District
Lafayette, Colorado

2010
Charles M. Russell Middle School of the Performing Arts and Science
Colorado Springs School District #11
Colorado, Colorado

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center
Estes Park, Colorado

KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
Denver Public Schools
Denver, Colorado

Peak to Peak Charter School
Boulder Valley School District
Lafayette, Colorado

*Rocky Heights Middle School
Douglas County School District RE 1
Littleton, Colorado

2011
North Star Academy Public Charter School
Douglas County School District
Parker, Colorado

Charles M. Russell Middle School of the Performing Arts and Science
Colorado Springs SD 11
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rocky Heights Middle School
Douglas County SD RE 1
Littleton, Colorado
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The Foundation for Character Development and the Character Education Partnership have recognized the following schools for exemplary character education practices:


*Finalists for National Schools of Character Award
The Foundation for Character Development is proud to announce:
Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park and Russell Middle School of the Performing Arts & Sciences in Colorado Springs, have qualified for the prestigious National Schools of Character Award (NSOC)!
The NSOC Awards Program is sponsored by the Character Education Partnership in Washington DC
and the Foundation for Character Development in Colorado.  These schools participated in a very rigorous evaluation process and we are thrilled to recognize their achievements and tell their stories.   Schools and districts from over 30 participating states are required to qualify as State Schools of Character (SSOC) before advancing to the national level review.  Typically several hundred schools are reviewed for the national award each year.  This year, CEP will honor the 24 schools and 1 district that qualified as 2012 National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education, November 1 - 3 at the Marriot Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.  At the ceremony, leadership from Eagle Rock & Russell will receive an award banner, and a small grant to help with outreach efforts.

The awards process provides participating schools the following benefits:
·  Schools gain insights to strengthen their own school-based character programs.

·  Schools have the opportunity to reflect on their practices and programs and assess their level of implementation against a recognized standard of excellence.

·  Schools receive guidance, feedback, and recognition at no cost-other than their time.

·  All schools and districts that apply and have met a standard of excellence are supported in creating an outreach plan to share practices with other schools.
Testimonials:

The application process is a very enlightening process…At the end of the process everyone involved feels great about their participation and accomplishments.
-survey response from a 2011 applicant

Winning the NSOC award is very prestigious, but it isn’t about getting an award. It is about doing the work that is important. The award just affirms that the work you are doing as a school community is representative of the 11 Principles.
-Connie Browning, Principal, Uthoff Valley Elementary School



Below are links to one page descriptions summarizing the practices at both Eagle Rock School and Russell Middle School.  We congratulate the staff, students, parents and surrounding community on their accomplishments!
Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center
Russell Middle School of the Performing Arts & Sciences