Character.org Designates 83 Schools 4 Districts as 2017 National Schools of Character
Program developed in 1998 has positively impacted the lives of 2 million students

Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities.

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, these schools were found to be exemplary models of character development. Of the schools named today, 17 schools are former National  Schools of Character reapplying for the national designation. Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

*Former National Schools of Character that have been re-certified

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ILLINOIS
Belleville Public Schools District 118Belleville, IL
MISSOURI
Parkway School DistrictChesterfield, MO
NEW JERSEY
New Providence School DistrictNew Providence, NJ
WISCONSIN
School District of South MilwaukeeSouth Milwaukee, WI

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ALABAMA
*Shades CahabaHomewood, AL
ARIZONA
Imagine Desert WestPhoenix, AZ
Imagine East MesaMesa, AZ
Imagine Prep SurpriseSurprise, AZ
CALIFORNIA
Wells Middle SchoolDublin, CA
COLORADO
Imagine Charter School at FirestoneFirestone, CO
Parker Core Knowledge Charter SchoolParker, CO
CONNECTICUT
Breakthrough Magnet SchoolHartford, CT
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Sheridan SchoolWashington, DC
FLORIDA
*Carrollwood Day SchoolTampa, FL
*Cimino ElementaryValrico, FL
Imagine Schools Chancellor CampusBoynton Beach, FL
Ridgecrest Elementary SchoolLargo, FL
HAWAII
*Sacred Hearts AcademyHonolulu, HI
IDAHO
Betty Kiefer ElementaryRathdum, ID
KANSAS
McClure Elementary SchoolTopeka, KS
MASSACHUSETTS
*Montrose SchoolMedfield, MA
MICHIGAN
James R. Geisler Middle SchoolCommerce Towns, MI
MISSOURI
Alma Schrader Elementary SchoolCape Girardeau, MO
Carman Trails Elementary SchoolManchester, MO
*Francis Howell Middle SchoolSt. Charles, MO
*George Guffey ElementaryFenton, MO
Green Pines ElementaryWildwood, MO
Green Trails ElementaryChesterfield, MO
*Kehrs Mill ElementaryChesterfield, MO
*Kellison Elementary SchoolFenton, MO
Kennard Classical Junior AcademySt. Louis, MO
Lindbergh Early Childhood St. Louis, MO
*Northview High SchoolFlorissant, MO
Parkway Northeast Middle SchoolCreve Coeur, MO
Parkway Southwest Middle SchoolManchester, MO
Rockwood Early ChildhoodChesterfield, MO
Stanton ElementaryFenton, MO
*Trautwein ElementarySt. Louis, MO
Wild Horse ElementaryChesterfield, MO
NEW JERSEY
A. Russell Knight Elementary SchoolCherry Hill, NJ
Burlington County Alternative SchoolMount Laurel, NJ
Campbell Elementary SchoolMetuchen, NJ
Central Elementary SchoolEast Hanover, NJ
Cinnaminson Middle SchoolCinnaminson, NJ
*Eldridge Park SchoolLawrenceville, NJ
Harrison Elementary SchoolRoselle, NJ
Jonas Salk Middle SchoolOld Bridge, NJ
Maple Road Elementary SchoolWest Milford, NJ
Merriam Avenue SchoolNewton, NJ
Morgan Elementary School Hamilton, NJ
New Brunswick Middle SchoolNew Brunswick, NJ
Paradise KnollOak Ridge, NJ
*Richard Stockton Elementary SchoolCherry Hill, NJ
*Rosa International Middle SchoolCherry Hill, NJ
Somerset Intermediate SchoolNorth Plainfield, NJ
*South Brunswick High SchoolMonmouth Junction, NJ
Tinton Falls Middle SchoolTinton Falls, NJ
Toms River High School EastToms River, NJ
Upper Greenwood Lake Elementary SchoolHewitt, NJ
Washington Elementary SchoolRoselle, NJ
Whitehouse Elementary SchoolWhitehouse Station, NJ
Yardville SchoolHamilton, NJ
*Zane North Elementary SchoolCollingswood, NJ
NEW YORK
Grand Avenue SchoolNorth Baldwin, NY
Valley Stream NorthFranklin Square, NY
West Patent Elementary SchoolBedford Hills, NY
NORTH CAROLINA
Erwin Montessori ElementaryGreensboro, NC
Grimsley High SchoolGreensboro, NC
Haynes-Inman Education CenterJamestown, NC
James Benson Dudley High SchoolGreensboro, NC
Sumner Elementary SchoolGreensboro, NC
OKLAHOMA
Dove Science Academy ElementaryOklahoma City, OK
Dove Science Academy-OKCOklahoma City, OK
Eisenhower High SchoolLawton, OK
Pryor Junior HighPryor, OK
Whittier Elementary SchoolMuskogee, OK
SOUTH CAROLINA
Harrisburg Elementary SchoolIndian Land, SC
TEXAS
Clear Lake City Elementary SchoolHouston, TX
Indian Springs ElementarySan Antonio, TX
John F. Ward ElementaryHouston, TX
Lakeside ElementaryCoppell, TX
*Mockingbird ElementaryCoppell, TX
Richard J. Lee Elementary SchoolDallas, TX
Samuel Beck ElementaryTrophy Club, TX
Sandra Mossman ElementaryLeague City, TX
T.E. Baxter ElementaryMidlothian, TX
WISCONSIN
Greenwood Elementary SchoolRiver Falls, WI