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Washington, D.C. (January 27, 2023) — Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character development in schools and communities, today designated 73 state-level Schools of Character, 2 Districts of Character, and 1 International School from Mexico for 2023. (See below for the complete list of 2023 State Schools of Character.)

Character.org certifies schools and districts each year at the state level that have developed and implemented an intentional, proactive, and comprehensive approach that embeds character into all aspects of the school life. Schools and districts announced today will be considered for Character.org’s highest distinction – National School of Character. Since its inception, Character.org’s Schools of Character program has positively impacted nearly three million students, staff, parents, and other community members.

“We are excited to announce today the 2023 State Schools and Districts of Character,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, Character.org’s President. “Each of these schools and districts have put into place an initiative that equips and empowers their staff to reinforce and model a range of positive core values that will shape and form the hearts, minds, and choices of their students.” To learn more about the schools chosen today, 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. The Framework includes key indicators on creating a caring school community where everyone feels they belong, providing students with opportunities to practice and reflect on their character strengths, and engaging families and communities as partners in the school’s character initiative.

The 2023 National Schools of Character will be announced in May 2023 and honored at our 30th Anniversary International Forum next fall in Washington D.C. Learn more about the International Forum on our website.

ABOUT CHARACTER.ORG: Character.org is a worldwide network of educators, researchers, and civic leaders that empowers people of all ages to practice and model the character strengths and core values that shape the hearts, minds and choices of every person. Founded in 1993 and formerly known as the Character Education Partnership, Character.org is widely known for our 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character. The organization’s vision is to be the global leader and voice for developing character in families, schools, and organizations.

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2023 State Schools and Districts of Character
** denotes District of Character

Northside Middle School
Oakdale Elementary School
Skyland Elementary School
University Charter School

Imagine East Mesa

Liberty Elementary School
Webb Bridge Middle School

Carrollwood Day School

River City Science Academy Innovation

Beloit Jr./Sr. High School

Beverly Elementary School
Birmingham Covington School
Greenfield Elementary School
Leonard Elementary School

**Bayless School District
Chesterfield Elementary
Hancock Place Middle School
Hawk Point Elementary School
Independence Elementary School
Kentucky Trail Elementary
LaSalle Springs Middle School
Marquette High School
Mehlville High School
Parkway Central Middle School
Parkway Early Childhood Center
Parkway South Middle School
Wild Horse Elementary School
Windsor Elementary School

New Jersey:
Applegarth Elementary School
Child Family Center
E. Raymond Appleby Elementary School
Fort Dix Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
**Hanover Park Regional High School District
Hilltop Elementary School
Howard L. Emmons Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Joseph S. Stackhouse Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lakeside Middle School
Lalor Elementary School
Lincoln Roosevelt School
Madison Park Elementary School
Millville High School
Moss School
Nixon Elementary School
Pemberton Early Childhood Education Center
RM Bacon Elementary School
Samuel T. Busansky Elementary School
Terence C. Reilly School No. 7
Unity Charter School
Valleyview Middle School

New York:
Palmyra Macedon Middle School
PS 94Q- David D Porter School
William H. Barton Intermediate School

Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence
Imagine Great Western Academy

DOVE School of Discovery
Dove Science Academy Middle School Oklahoma City

East Pennsboro Area High School

Epps Island Elementary
Harmony School of Achievement-Houston
Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo
Harmony School of Exploration-Houston
Harmony School of Fine Arts & Technology-Houston
Harmony School of Innovation-Dallas
Harmony School of Science-El Paso
Harmony Science Academy-Dallas High
Harmony Science Academy-El Paso
Harmony Science Academy-Houston
Kay Granger Elementary School
Lonnie B. Keller Middle School
McAuliffe Elementary School
North Pointe Elementary School
School of Science and Technology Northwest

Liceo de Monterrey Rosemont (Liceo los Rosales) – Mexico

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