Benefits for Applicants
The Schools of Character program is not a competition—but rather an opportunity to receive feedback as well as recognition for growth and excellence in character education.


  • Schools gain insights into ways to improve and the next steps for growth.
  • Schools have the opportunity to reflect on their practices and programs and assess their level of implementation against a recognized standard of excellence.
  • Schools receive guidance, feedback, and recognition.
  • All schools that are recognized as Schools of Character create a plan for outreach to others.

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State Schools of Character:  State Schools of Character hold their designation for 3 years and are considered at the national level for National School of Character status. State sponsors offer technical assistance or guide applicants to helpful resources so that State Schools of Character winners can reach the goal of becoming a National School of Character. State sponsors also recognize State Schools of Character at state celebrations in their honor.

National Schools of Character:  National Schools of Character hold their designation for 5 years. showcases the National School of Character in an annual publication and on its website. National Schools of Character receive a press kit and have the right to use the National School of Character name and logo. honors the National Schools of Character at the National Forum on Character Education and assists them with their outreach efforts.

Character Education Helps Students Change for the Better

Character education has helped us move beyond compliance and adults only using language to students embracing character qualities and intrinsic motivation.

Other Testimonials

Anytime a school can get feedback for improvement, it is beneficial.
–Tammy Durham, Gettys Middle School

The application process is a very enlightening process….[A]t the end of the process everyone involved feels great about their participation and accomplishments.
–survey response from a National School of Character applicant

Winning the NSOC award is very prestigious, but it isn’t about getting an award. It is about doing the work that is important. The award just affirms that the work you are doing as a school community is representative of the 11 Principles.
–Connie Browning, Principal, Uthoff Valley E.S.

I would suggest going through the process. The feedback, win or lose, is an invaluable tool in assessing and improving your character education program.
–Aaron Wilken, Principal, Fox M.S.