Old Bridge Township Public Schools
Matawan, New Jersey
2015 National School of Character

Old Bridge Township Public School District (OBPS), in Middlesex County, lies in the center of NJ. Spanning 42 square miles, the district has 16 schools: a Pre-School, 12 elementary (grades K-5), 2 middle (grades 6-8), a Grade Nine Center/OBHS (grades 9-12); serving 9,000 to 10,000 students yearly. One of NJ’s largest suburban districts, we offer full-day Kindergarten, a comprehensive High School & 2 on-campus Planetariums, taking STEM to a whole new level. OBPS has focused on the “whole child” & been committed to school climate & CE’s basic principles since it began educating students over 50 years ago. When school counselors & one elementary school principal noticed that our schools weren’t really aware of how social, emotional & behavioral success is as important as academic achievement, our journey truly began. We won 3 USDOE counseling grants, putting a full-time counselor in each elementary school & creating a developmental CE model curriculum. Our principal discovered Character.org via NJASECD & began observing her school to see who seemed connected & felt safe; who felt confident to seek support & who felt challenged & engaged. She formed the first CE Team, getting everyone to know, understand & live Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education every day. Soon, they were a full school community proudly & actively demonstrating CE every day. 2010, they were our 1st State School of Character; 2011 our 1st NSOC. Now with 8 SSOC & 5 NSOC, & Cheesequake Elementary School, a 2014 National Model, our journey continues!

Karen Longo
Shared Services Grant Writer
Patrick A. Torre Administration Building – 4207 Route 516
Matawan, New Jersey 7747