St. Cyril of Alexandria, an Independence Mission School and CITRS client, was named a State School of Character by Character.org. The certification is reserved for state schools and school districts that have excelled in their focus on character development, positively impacting academic performance, student behavior, and overall school culture and climate. St. Cyril was one of 65 schools in the U.S. to receive this prestigious distinction and the only school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be recognized.
St. Cyril has been a part of the CITRS/CHARACTER COUNTS! character development initiative in IMS for nearly three years and has excelled in every aspect of integrating character development into daily routines, teaching moments, and curriculum. The dedication of the administration, teachers, and staff can be seen spreading through the entire school community, showing students the value of character development in every aspect of one’s life. CITRS’s Chief Academic Officer Brendan Petersen, who has worked closely with the IMS initiative over the past few years, notes the progress St. Cyril has made saying, “I can honestly attest to the way they’ve embraced a comprehensive approach to character development. Not only have they integrated the language of the Six Pillars within their academic curriculum, they’ve used the initiative to connect with the school’s faith life. It was a schoolwide effort and they are well deserving of the [State] School of Character honor. Congratulations to all the administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents of St. Cyril on this notable accomplishment! St. Cyril serves as a remarkable example of just how important incorporating character education is to students’ development. 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 Character.org’s State Schools of Character program, visit: http://character.org/schools-of-character/state-schools-of-character-overview/