Klein High Only High School in Texas to be Named State School of Character in 2019

Character.org Certifies 87 State Schools and 3 Districts of Character


Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character in communities including schools, districts, families, workplaces, and sports, today designated Klein High School a State Schools of Character for 2019.

Klein High, the only high school in Texas to receive the honor this year, has been on the road to this award since the fall of 2016 when the #Klein5 core values were introduced. The #Klein5 core values of gratitude, integrity, empathy, perseverance, and service have guided everything at Klein High over the past few years.

The school is now being considered for Character.org’s highest distinction, National School of Character.

Klein High personifies our Promise2Purpose vision by leading with our shared values of integrity, gratitude, humility, and kindness, by implementing high-quality teaching daily, and by seeking opportunities to continuously improve and grow.

Klein High joins fellow Klein ISD schools Zwink Elementary and Klein Forest High School who are also State Schools of Character.

Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Schools and districts announced today will be considered for Character.org’s highest distinction – National School of Character. There are also 16 schools that are former State Schools of Character applying for the national certification and 23 schools and districts recertifying as National Schools of Character.

“We are pleased to announce the 2019 State Schools and Districts of Character today,” said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President & CEO. “These schools’ representatives, including educators, parents, and students, are working together to create stronger communities focused on character. We are honored to validate their efforts and continue coaching them along their journeys.”

To learn more about the schools chosen today and those in the midst of their 5-year certification as State Schools of Character, please visit Character.org’s website. Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Character, which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

“Implementing the 11 Principles of Effective Character has provided a clear, intentional and structured roadmap for promoting the highest ethical standards at Harmony Public Schools. Character is one of the most important attributes we can teach our students, because good character will serve them throughout their lives–in their homes, in their schools, in their families, and in their communities,” said Umit Alpaslan, Harmony Public Schools Deputy Superintendent.

The 2019 National Schools of Character will be announced in May 2019. Character.org will honor these schools and districts at the 2019 National Forum to be held Oct 24-27, 2019 in Washington, DC.