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Washington, DC (June 1, 2023) – Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character in schools and communities, today certified 178 Promising Practices in schools and organizations.

“We are extremely proud to recognize the schools and organizations that have developed and implemented a Promising Practice” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, President of Character.org. “Each of these programs and initiatives has demonstrated significant impact and strongly align with the principles that help schools and  organizations cultivate a culture of character.” 

This year’s character development practices and initiatives included peer mentoring, service-learning, and conflict-resolution approaches. Many of the Promising Practices also involve parents and the local community. See the full list of our 2023 Promising Practices below. 

Character.org will honor each 2023 Promising Practice recipient (schools and organizations) at its 30th Anniversary National Forum LIVE in Washington D.C. to be held November 6-7, 2023. Learn more about  Promising Practices on our website. 

2023 Promising Practice Schools and Organizations (United States)

Austin Junior High School
Chickasaw City Schools
Cornerstone Schools of Alabama
Cornerstone Schools of Alabama Middle School
Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, Elementary Campus
Forest Hills Elementary School
Homewood High School
i3 Academy Middle School
i3 Academy Elementary School
R. L. Young Elementary School
Springville High School
University Charter School
Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge
Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park
Windham Elementary School

Imagine Coolidge Elementary School
Imagine Desert West Middle School
Imagine East Mesa
Imagine Rosefield
Imagine School at Camelback

Cross County Elementary School
Cross County High School, A New Tech School

Tracey Magnet School

Imagine Charter School at Weston
Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy
Imagine School at Broward
Imagine School at Land O’ Lakes
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch
Imagine School at Town Center
Imagine School at North Port-Elementary
Imagine School at North Port-High School
Imagine Schools at West Melbourne
Imagine South Lake Charter School
Imagine South Vero

Doniphan West Schools

Chesbrough Elementary School
Hammond Westside Montessori School

Imagine Foundations at Leeland
Imagine Foundations at Morningside PCS
Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School

Beverly Elementary School
Boulan Park Middle School
Freedom Fastpitch
Richard Elementary School
Tobey Elementary School

Bayless Elementary School
Carman Trails Elementary School
Don Earl Early Childhood
Eureka Elementary School
Green Pines Elementary School
Independence Elementary School
Kentucky Trail Elementary
Ladue Early Childhood Center
Lafayette High School
McKelvey Elementary School
Nike Elementary School
Northeast Middle School
Oak Brook Elementary School
Parkway C-2 Central Office
Ralph M. Captain
Reed Elementary School
Robertsville Elementary
School District of Washington
Special School District of St. Louis County
Truman Elementary School
Truman Middle School
Wilckens STEAM Academy at Hillcrest

New Jersey

Camden County Technical Schools-Pennsauken Campus
Carusi Middle School
Crockett Middle School
Dorothy L Bullock School
Dover Middle School and East Dover Elementary School
Fredon Township School District
Freedom Prep Charter School
Glassboro High School
Greenwood Elementary School
Hanover Park Regional High School District
J. Harvey Rodgers School
John E. Dwyer Technology Academy
Joyce Kilmer Elementary
Macopin Middle School
Mantua Township School District
Maple Road School
Moss School
Oakview Elementary School
President Barack Obama Community School, PS 34
Red Bank Charter School
Thomas E. Bowe Middle School
Woodcrest Elementary School
Woodside Avenue School

New York
Bolivar Road Elementary
Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School
Eastplain Elementary School
John H. West
Plainedge High School
Plainedge Middle School
Queensbury High School
Queensbury Middle School
Smallwood Drive Elementary School

North Carolina
Bluford-Peeler STEAM Academy
Weddington Hills Elementary School

Danville Elementary School
Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence
Imagine Columbus Primary Academy
Imagine Environmental Science Academy
Imagine Great Western Academy
Imagine Groveport Community School
Imagine Leadership Academy
Imagine Madison Ave. School of Arts

LRJ Foundation

Adrian Burnett Elementary School

Alamo Heights High School
Alamo Heights ISD
Alamo Heights Jr. School
Bernshausen Elementary School
Cambridge Elementary School
Clear Brook High School
Clear Lake City Elementary School
Creekside Park Junior High
Galena Park Independent School District
Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo
Harmony School of Innovation-Dallas
Harmony Science Academy-Carrollton
Harmony Science Academy-Laredo
Honorable Character, Inc.
Sam Rayburn High School
School of Science and Technology
School of Science and Technology Advancement
School of Science and Technology Discovery
School of Science and Technology Spring
SST-CC College Prep High School
Woodridge Elementary Alamo Heights ISD

Clara Barton Elementary School

College Park

2023 Promising Practice Recipients Schools and Organizations (International)

Ivanhoe Grammar School

CEL Intercultural School
TiliT Group

Colegio Nueva Granada

Akyltai Elementary School

HighPoint International School By Tecnologico de Monterrey Chihuahua
HighPoint International School Hermosillo
HighPoint School by Tecnológico de Monterrey Zacatecas

Reedley International School
Childlink Learning Center & Childlink High School, Inc.
PAREF Woodrose School, Inc.

International School of Bucharest
Scoala Gimnaziala Internationala Spectrum
Liceul Teoretic International de Informatica



About Character.org: Founded in 1993, Character.org empowers people of all ages to practice and model the core values that shape our hearts, minds, and choices. We strive to inspire and recognize thousands of people in schools, organizations, workplaces, communities and families across the world who are “champions for character.” Character.org is widely known for our 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to
Cultivating a Culture of Character, a comprehensive framework developed by school leaders and character education researchers. During the past 20 years, more than 1,000 schools have been recognized by Character.org as a National School of Character.

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