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Washington, D.C. (January 25, 2021) —Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character, today designated 76 schools and 1 district as State Schools of Character for 2021. In addition, Character.org is recognizing 2 international schools in Brazil and Mexico as Schools of Character. Since its inception, Character.org’s Schools of Character program has positively impacted nearly 3 million students, staff, parents, and other community members. Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Schools and districts announced today will be considered for Character.org’s highest distinction – National School of Character. (See the complete list of 2021 State Schools of Character below.)

“We are pleased to announce today the 2021 State Schools and Districts of Character,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, Character.org’s President. “We congratulate these schools on achieving State School of Character designation in a year filled with so many challenges. The educators and parents at these schools work together to ensure that every child understands, cares about, and consistently practice the core values that form the heart of each family and school. We are honored to recognize their efforts and share their inspiring work with schools and school districts throughout the United States and internationally.”

To learn more about the schools chosen today and those in the midst of their 5-year certification as State Schools of Character, please visit Character.org. Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership, and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

The 2021 National Schools of Character will be announced in May 2021 and honored at our Virtual National Forum next fall. Learn more about the National Forum on our website.

Read the full press release.