National District of Character

Mehlville School District is a 2019 National District of Character
Posted on 05/10/2019
National District of CharacterMehlville School District has been re-certified as a National District of Character by The program recognizes the district for providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership, and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

"We are honored to receive this national award for a second time," said Dr. Chris Gaines, superintendent of Mehlville School District. " recognizes that our work creating our Portrait of a Graduate is an important evolution and extension of the character work that got us recognized the first time in 2014."

The Mehlville School District Portrait of a Graduate identifies the wide range of values and skills that we want every graduate to possess to help them lead successful professional and person lives. Among those skills and values are: creative and critical thinker, self-aware, persistent, communicator, and ethical and global. These desired soft skills, which were determined by a committee of staff, parents and community members, are taught by blending character education and innovative instruction to equip students with 21st Century skills.

Mehlville School District is one of just three districts throughout the country to receive the National District of Character designation in 2019. 

"These schools' representatives, including educators, parents, and students, are working together to create stronger communities focused on character," said Doug Karr,’s president and CEO. "We are honored to validate their efforts and continue coaching them along their journeys."

Mehlville School District also received the Missouri District of Character and National District of Character award in 2014. Several Mehlville schools are also national and state schools of character.

Founded in 1993, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with communities including organizations, schools, families, workplaces, and sports to inspire, educate, and empower people to be ethical and compassionate citizens. is a membership organization dedicated to growth and success through the advancement of quality character development in schools and communities through programs and resources.
The Mehlville School District strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity and other characteristics protected by law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: contact Adam Smith at 314-467-5006 or [email protected].