Union Academy recognized for character

Union Academy Charter School takes pride in its character education. Photo courtesy of UA

MONROE – Union Academy has once again earned recognition as a National School of Character. 

Character.org certified 47 schools and 1 district as National Schools of Character. Union Academy was the only school in North Carolina to earn the national distinction.

Each school is assessed by a team of trained evaluators. Union Academy’s renewal application and evaluation included a thorough explanation of the established character program as well as evidence the school used the feedback from the 2016 Character.org report to guide their character journey and make steps for improvement.

“Union Academy was built on the belief that educating the heart is as important as educating the mind,” Counselor Kelly Brun said. “This recognition is proof that our staff continues to support this belief and prioritizes building community within our school.”

UA will hold the state and national certification for five years before reapplying. 

“This recertification means so much, since character is such an important part of who we are as a school,” K-12 Character Coach Cynthia Mitchell said. “Being a school of character means that through the last five years of growth, changes, challenges and celebrations, we have worked hard as a school community to maintain the integrity of our core values. I am so proud to be a part of the Union Academy family!”

Head of School John Marshall began his role at Union Academy in July 2020. He was drawn to its character program, which centers around eight traits: compassion, adaptability, respect, responsibility, optimism, trustworthiness, perseverance and initiative. 

“This designation reflects that faculty and families' embrace our mission and live out our core values of character, community and challenge,” Marshall said. 

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