Designates 68 Schools and 4 Districts as 2016 State Schools of Character

State School of Character BadgeWashington, D.C. (February 1, 2016)—, a national advocate and leader in the movement to educate, inspire and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens, today designated 68 schools and 4 districts from 16 states as State Schools of Character for 2016.

Two international schools also applied for a School of Character designation, and their designation will be announced with National Schools of Character in mid-May. Since’s School of Character program’s inception, more than 500 schools have been designated as a State School of Character, impacting almost 900,000 students.(Complete listing of the 2016 state and districts of character – found at bottom of this announcement).

Each year, and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development that has a true positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Schools and districts announced today will be forwarded to for consideration for national recognition as National Schools of Character. There are also 1 District and 16 Schools who are former State Schools of Character reapplying for the national designation.

“We are truly proud of this year’s designated schools and districts,” said Becky Sipos,’s President & CEO. “Their character initiatives have created conditions for learning where students are thriving and growing into ethical and productive members of our society.”

To learn more about the schools chosen today and those in the midst of their 3-year designation as State Schools of Character, please visit’s website. Criteria for selection are based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

“We are thrilled to be designated as a 2016 California School of Character,” said Laura Taylor, counselor of Brentwood Lower School in Los Angeles, California. “This is our second School of Character process, and we are excited to see hard work pay off while also setting an example for other schools in our state. We are hopeful that our example will encourage other schools to simply participate in the program as there is so much value in the evaluation process alone that leads.”

The 2016 National Schools of Character will be announced in mid-May 2016. will honor these schools and districts at the 23rd National Forum on Character Education to be held Oct 14-15, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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About Founded in 1993,, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools and districts to inspire, educate and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to youth learning how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and school violence and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit to learn more about the Schools of Character program and the National Forum.

About Character Education: Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.