State Schools of Character Overview

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

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State Schools of Character:

  • Hold their SSOC designations 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 their state sponsors to help them achieve NSOC status

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 SSOC program?
See list of participating states >>

Can I still participate in the NSOC program if my school is not in a participating state?
Yes! Your application will be reviewed by CEP. More information >>

Where can I find out about schools of character in my state?
See list of SSOC by state >>

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

Additional Questions? Contact Schools of Character Director Dr. Russ Sojourner at
For more information, see list of SSOC by state