Lawrence Township Public Schools

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.


Focus on Character Education has led to creating a common language and understanding across the four grade levels enabling students to discuss and apply character traits to varied issues and situations that arise between friends, peers, teachers, and families. By shining a spotlight on how young students make good choices to be honest, responsible and trustworthy, while working to be good citizens, CE has enhanced the K-3 learning environments and created caring communities.
- Jeanne Muzi - District Enrichment Teacher K-3

There's hard evidence at every turn of how all staff members are involved in Character Education at LIS. Our year begins with Character Kick Off continuing with programs such as Character in Action, Pillars of Character and Make It a Great Day programs. Our entire staff works diligently to meet/exceed criteria that demonstrates we are a 'School of Character.' As a staff member, I believe we strive every single day to instill good character traits a
- Jackie Goldenberg - Special Education Teaching Assistant

I am proud and fortunate to be part of the Cardinal family where we welcome the uniqueness of all students. There is acceptance; because tolerance is not enough. The Freshman Academy makes 9th graders feel at home. A sense of community is embedded in students from the moment we enter any LTPS school and a culture of caring continues showing us we are more alike than different. Our leaders are nurturing and trustworthy allowing students to flourish mature and succeed.
- Marifred - Grade 11

I am the mother of five Lawrence Township school children. As I send my children to four different buildings daily, I am assured they will feel valued and affirmed by their teachers. Additionally, regardless of which building I enter, I am acknowledged and respected. I find comfort in knowing that my children are learning to show the same respect, not only by what is taught about having positive character traits, but by the examples of the faculty and administrative staff in each school.
- Donna Maccoroni

As Director at HomeFront and Lawrence Community Center I serve low income families in the community. It takes more than keeping a roof over a head to improve lives, it takes a community with varied supports. LTPS is a driving force in helping families in need. Donations have provided clothing for families, cans for our pantry, Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas wishes for children. The impact students make on our families teaches them compassion and empathy; valuable lessons for future success.
- Christine L. Lee - Director Lawrence Community Center and HomeFront Support Programs

Contact Information

Ms. Cynthia Westhead
Assistant Principal
2565 Princeton Pike
Lawrenceville, 08648
Phone: 609-671-5500