State Schools of Character Overview

State Schools of Character are selected by in collaboration with state sponsors for having reached a standard of excellence within their states in the area of character development. Their applications are forwarded to the national level for consideration.

The Schools of Character application is now open! Learn more and apply>>

State Schools of Character:

  • Hold their State School of Character designation for 3 years
  • Serve as models of excellence within their states where they share character education best practices as part of a state-wide network of schools of character
  • Receive banners and other recognition at celebrations held in their honor by their state sponsors
  • Are eligible for national recognition and technical assistance or other guidance from in collaboration with their state sponsors to help them achieve the National School of Character designation

To learn more about the State Schools of Character program, read State Schools of Character: Building Local Networks of Successful Schools.


Is my state part of the State Schools of Character program?
See list of participating states >>

Can I still apply to become a State School of Character if my school is not in a participating state?
Yes! Your application will be reviewed by More information >>

Where can I find out about Schools of Character in my state?
See list of State Schools of Character by state >>

I want to help start an Schools of Character program in my state. What can I do?
Learn more about becoming a state affiliate >>

Additional Questions? Contact Schools of Character Director, Sheril Morgan at
For more information, see list of State Schools of Character by state