Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) consists of seven schools serving students in grades pre-k through twelve. Nestled between Princeton and Trenton, our district educates a population that is diverse, both culturally and socio-economically.
In order to meet the needs of our community and to develop students into outstanding citizens, we began implementing CE programs in 2002. Initially, programs were developed at the school level. Each school developed CE committees, goals, and action plans. Individual schools developed effective programs which have earned recognition through NJASECD and CEP. Six schools have achieved NJ School of Character status.Two have been named National Schools of Character.
Our district leadership recognized the importance of developing and connecting school-based CE programs thus unifying our district. Superintendent, Dr. Crystal Edwards, formed a district committee and engaged the community in conversations about CE. The district recently adopted the motto “Lead, Achieve, Succeed” as we work toward “challenging our students to become responsible citizens of a global society.”
All LTPS stakeholders believe that meaningful education reform should address a full range of social skills and moral competencies in order for students to build healthy relationships and become positive contributors to the community. Such practices improve student academic achievement and test scores. This educational philosophy is the foundation of the LTPS CE program.