News Release

24 Schools and 1 School District Recognized for Excellence

May 14, 2012

CEP NSOC on Times Square
CEP’s salute to the 2012 National Schools of Character appeared in Times Square on May 18

Washington, DC – The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has named 20 public schools, 3 private schools, 1 charter school, and 1 school district as 2012 National Schools of Character (NSOC).

“These schools have built strong communities that bring people together around shared goals,” said Lara Maupin, NSOC Director. “Nobody feels alone or unwelcome in these schools. Adults are all on the same page about what’s important and, as a result, kids thrive.”

Each year, CEP selects schools and districts that demonstrate through a rigorous evaluation process that their focus on character development has had a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Selected schools are then expected to serve as models for other schools, helping them to achieve the same results.

CEP will honor the 2012 National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education, to be held November 1  – 3 in Washington, DC.

For more information about National Schools of Character and how schools can improve through high-quality character education, watch the video Schools of Character: A Roadmap to Excellence

Character Education Partnership – 2012 National Schools of Character

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Rochester, New York
Berkeley Elementary School (PreK-2)Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School (PreK-8)Sandy, Utah
Brentwood Middle School (6-8)Brentwood, Missouri
California Avenue School (K-5)Uniondale, New York
Cimino Elementary School (PreK-5)Valrico, Florida
Colegio Radians, Inc. (PreK-12)Cayey, Puerto Rico
Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (9-12)Estes Park, Colorado
Ellisville Elementary School (K-5)Ellisville, Missouri
Hamilton City School District (PreK-12)Hamilton, Ohio
Henry Raab Elementary School (K-6)Belleville, Illinois
Lake Bluff Elementary School (PreK-6)Shorewood, Wisconsin
Lawrenceville Elementary School (PreK-3)Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy (K-5)Alexandria, Virginia
Mockingbird Elementary School (K-5)Coppell, Texas
Mountainville Academy (K-9)Alpine, Utah
North Boulevard School (PreK-5)Pompton Plains, New Jersey
Northview High School (9-12)Florissant, Missouri
Plattin Primary School (PreK-2)Festus, Missouri
Richard Stockton Elementary School (K-5)Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Ross Elementary School (K-5)St. Louis, Missouri
Russell Middle School of the Performing Arts and Sciences (6-8)Colorado Springs, Colorado
Shades Cahaba Elementary School (K-5)Homewood, Alabama
Trautwein Accelerated Elementary School (K-5)St. Louis, Missouri
Wilson Southern Middle School (6-8)West Lawn, Pennsylvania