Resources for Applicants provides lots of free resources for Schools of Character applicants. Check back regularly for updates!’s11 Principles of Effective Character Education

(free download)
This is the scoring rubric used to evaluate applications. Use it as a guide when compiling your application.

11 Principles Score Sheet

(Excel sheet that calculates scores automatically)
Use this score sheet to enter the scores from your stakeholder self-assessment.

2016 Schools of Character Application

This document includes all the questions asked in the online application, character limits, and tips for applicants.

Sample applications

2016 Application Timeline


Key Indicators for Districts (PDF)

This document lists the items that apply to district applicants.

Climate Surveys


State and National Schools of Character: A Path to Transformation and Excellence

This presentation is useful for those helping schools to apply – or for leaders of school teams who are applying – to help guide schools through the application process. It includes information about changes to the 11 Principles, the SSOC-NSOC program, and the application that have been implemented in recent years which may be of interest to those who have applied before.

Questions? Contact Schools of Character Director Sheril Morgan at