A Clear Creek ISD high school is one of just 81 campuses nationwide to be recognized as a 2020 State School of Character, according to a Feb. 5 CCISD media release.
Clear Brook High School received the designation from Washington, D.C.-based Character.org, which is a national leader for character education in schools, families, sports teams and the workplace, according to the release. This is the first Clear Creek ISD high school to receive the honor, per CCISD data. Clear Brook will now be considered for Character.org’s highest distinction as a 2020 National School of Character, which will be announced in May.
“I have always described Clear Brook as an inclusive school with a servant heart,” Clear Brook Principal Michele Staley said in the release. “Our feeder schools have done an amazing job building character with our students, so it was important to continue that education with our Wolverines.”
Six CCISD elementary schools were recognized in 2019 as Schools of Character, meaning their campus communities demonstrate character development to positively influence academics and behavior. Five of those schools—Bauerschlag, McWhirter, Ross, Stewart and Weber—were later named National Schools of Character. Clear Lake City, Goforth, Mossman, North Pointe, Robinson and Ward elementary schools have also previously been named National Schools of Character, per CCISD data.
Schools and districts are certified each year based on the nonprofit’s 11 Principles of Character, which include fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities. The principles aim to guide schools in improving academic achievement, student behavior and overall positive school climate, per the release.
Staley said in the release that CCISD began its “journey into intentional character education” four years ago and that students, parents and teachers have embraced the focus on character-driven values.
“I am thrilled that our community was recognized for the special place we all know it is,” she said in the release.