Character.org Designates 73 schools as 2018 National Schools of Character and 5 districts as 2018 National Districts 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 in character development. Of the schools named today, 17 schools are former National Schools of Character that have re-applied 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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MichiganMantua Township School District
Birmingham Public SchoolsSewell, New Jersey
Beverly Hills, MichiganPublic •Pre-K-6
Public•Pre-K-12
Montville Township Public Schools
New JerseyMontville, New Jersey
Cherry Hill Public SchoolsPublic •Pre-K-12
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Public•Pre-K-12
*East Hanover Park Regional High School District
East Hanover, New Jersey
Public•9-12

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AlabamaNew Jersey
Deer Valley ElementaryAlexander Denbo Elementary School
Hoover, AlabamaBrowns Mills, New Jersey
Public•K-4Public•3-5
ArizonaApshawa Elementary School
Imagine RosefieldWest Milford, New Jersey
Surprise, ArizonaPublic•K-6
Charter•Pre-K-5
Bell Oaks Upper Elementary School
CaliforniaBellmawr, New Jersey
Sitting Bull AcademyPublic•5-8
Apple Valley, California
Public•Pre-K-8Bret Harte Elementary
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
FloridaPublic•K-5
Imagine School Land O’ Lakes
Land O’ Lakes, FloridaFort Dix Elementary
Charter•K-8Fort Dix, New Jersey
Public•PreK- 5
*Wilton Manors Elementary
Wilton Manors, FloridaFrank J. Smith
Public•PreK-5East Hanover, New Jersey
Public•Pre-K-2
Georgia
Liberty Elementary SchoolHilltop School
Canton, GeorgiaMendham, New Jersey
Public•K-4Public•Pre-K-4
IllinoisHoward L. Emmons Elementary
Ellis ElementaryPemberton, New Jersey
Belleville, IllinoisPublic•K-2
Public•Pre-K-3
Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School
IndianaCherry Hill, New Jersey
Christel House Academy SouthPublic•K-5
Indianapolis, Indiana
Charter•K-12Joseph S. Stackhouse Elementary School
Browns Mills, New Jersey
KansasPublic•3-5
Beloit Jr./ Sr. High School
Beloit, Kansas*Madison Park Elementary
Public•7-12Parlin, New Jersey
Public•K-5
Nemaha Central Elementary & Middle School
Seneca, KansasMoss School
Public•Pre-K-8Metuchen, New Jersey
Public•Pre-K-K
Maryland
Catoctin High SchoolPemberton Early Childhood Education Center
Thurmont, MarylandPemberton, New Jersey
Public•9-12Public•Pre-K
Glyndon Elementary SchoolRobert R. Lazar Middle School
Reisterstown, MarylandMontville, New Jersey
Public•Pre-K-5Public•6-8
Piney Ridge Elementary SchoolSamuel T. Busansky Upper Elementary School
Sykesville, MarylandPemberton, New Jersey
Public•K-5Public•3-5
Warren ElementaryTerence C. Reilly
Cockeysville, MarylandElizabeth, New Jersey
Public•PreK-5Public•Pre-K and 2-8
MichiganUnity Charter School
*Beverly Elementary SchoolMorristown, New Jersey
Beverly Hills, MichiganCharter•K-8
Public•K-5
West End Elementary School
*Birmingham Covington SchoolNorth Plainfield, New Jersey
Bloomfield Township, MichiganPublic•Pre-K-4
Public•3-8
Westbrook Elementary School
*Greenfield Elementary SchoolWest Milford, New Jersey
Beverly Hills, MichiganPublic•K-6
Public•K-4
New York
Quarton Elementary SchoolComo Park Elementary School
Birmingham, MichiganLancaster, New York
Public•K-5Public•K-3
*West Maple ElementaryPalmyra-Macedon Middle School
Bloomfield Hills, MichiganPalmyra, New York
Public•PreK-5Public•6-8
MissouriPlaza Elementary
Ballwin ElementaryBaldwin, New York
Ballwin, MissouriPublic•K-5
Public•K-5
William H. Barton Intermediate School
*Beasley ElementaryQueensbury, New York
St. Louis, MissouriPublic•4-5
Public•Pre-K-5
North Carolina
*Chesterfield ElementaryRidgewood Elementary School
Chesterfield, MissouriWinterville, North Carolina
Public•K-5Public•K-5
*Discovery Ridge ElementarySTEM Early College at NC A&T
O'Fallon, MissouriGreensboro, North Carolina
Public•K-6Public•9-12
Farmington Middle SchoolOhio
Farmington, MissouriImagine Bella Academy of Excellence
Public•7-8Cleveland, Ohio
Public•K-6
*Independence Elementary
St. Charles, MissouriImagine Great Western Academy
Public•K-5Columbus, Ohio
Public•K-8
*Jefferson City Academic Center
Jefferson City, MissouriStingley Elementary
Public•6-12Centerville, Ohio
Public•2-5
Kentucky Trail Elementary
Belton, MissouriOklahoma
Public•K-4Dove School of Discovery
Tulsa, Oklahoma
*LaSalle Springs Middle SchoolCharter•K-6
Wildwood, Missouri
Public•6-8Dove Science Academy – Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma
*Long ElementaryCharter•7-12
St. Louis, Missouri
Public•K-8MacArthur High School
Lawton, Oklahoma
*Mehlville High SchoolPublic•9-12
St. Louis, Missouri
Public•9-12Texas
Flower Mound Elementary
Parkway Central Middle SchoolFlower Mound, Texas
Chesterfield, MissouriPublic•K-5
Public•6-8
*Kay Granger Elementary
Parkway Early ChildhoodFort Worth, Texas
Chesterfield, MissouriPublic•K-5
Public•Pre-K
Lonnie B. Keller Middle School
Ray and Nancy Hodge ElementaryPasadena, Texas
Imperial, MissouriPublic•5-6
Public•Pre-K-5
McAuliffe Elementary
Reed SchoolHighland Village, Texas
St. Louis, MissouriPublic•PreK-5
Public•K-4
Medlin Middle School
*Ross ElementaryTrophy Club, Texas
St. Louis, MissouriPublic•6-8
Public•K-5
*North Pointe Elementary School
Windsor ElementaryHouston, Texas
Imperial, MissouriPublic•Pre-K-5
Public•K-2