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Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2024) — Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character, today designated 87 state-level Schools of Character and 1 District of Character, and 2 International Schools (See below for the complete list of 2024 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 2024 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. 

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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List of 2024 State Schools and Districts of Character


**denotes District of Character 

Davis-Emerson Middle School, Cottondale
Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park, Vestavia Hills 

Imagine Rosefield, Surprise

Tracey Magnet School, Norwalk

Imagine School at North Port, North Port
Imagine School at Palmer Ranch, Sarasota
Imagine School at Town Center, Palm Coast
Imagine Schools at South Vero, Vero Beach
Imagine Schools at West Melbourne, West Melbourne
River City Science Academy Elementary, Jacksonville
Seminole Science Charter School, Lake Mary 

Willows Academy, Des Plaines

Larson Middle School, Troy

Community of Peace Academy, Saint Paul

Blevins Elementary, Eureka
Child of God Lutheran School, St Peters
Eureka Elementary, Eureka
Hancock Place High School, St. Louis
Hiram Neuwoehner High School, St. Louis
Ladue Early Childhood Center, Ladue
Lafayette High School, Wildwood
Lindbergh High School, St. Louis
McKelvey Elementary, Maryland Heights
Nance Elementary School, St. Louis
Sperreng Middle School, St. Louis
Truman Middle School, St. Louis
Washington Middle School, Washington
Wilckens STEAM Academy at Hillcrest, Belton
Zitzman Elementary School, Pacific 

Longfellow Elementary School, Hastings

New Jersey:
Denbo-Crichton Elementary School, Brown Mills
Dover Middle School, Dover
Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School, Roselle
East Dover Elementary School, Dover
Greenwood Elementary School, Hamilton
Helen A. Fort Middle School, Pemberton Township
James A. McDivitt Elementary School, Old Bridge
John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, Elizabeth
John F. Kennedy School, Newark
Lakeview Elementary School, Denville
Langtree Elementary School, Hamilton
Mahatma Gandhi Community School PS 23, Jersey City
Mansion Avenue School, Audubon
Marshall Hill Elementary School, West Milford
Nicholas S. La Corte Peterstown School No. 3, Elizabeth
Oakview Elementary School, West Deptford
Perth Amboy High School, Perth Amboy
Rieck Avenue Elementary School, Millville
Riverview Elementary School, Denville
Roxbury High School, Succasunna
South River High School, South River
Stony Brook School, Plainfield
Stony Brook School, Rockaway
West Milford High School, West Milford
Woodcrest Elementary School, Cherry Hill 

New York:
John H. West Elementary School, Bethpage
Plainedge Middle School, Bethpage
Smallwood Drive Elementary School, Amherst 

North Carolina:
Haynes-Inman Education Center, Jamestown

**Dove Schools (District), Oklahoma City

Charles Boehm Middle School, Yardley

Highland Elementary School: A Leadership Academy, Greeneville

Cambridge Elementary School, San Antonio
Goforth Elementary, League City
Harmony School of Enrichment-Houston
Harmony School of Excellence-Dallas
Harmony School of Excellence-El Paso
Harmony School of Excellence-Sugar Land Elementary
Harmony School of Innovation-Brownsville
Harmony School of Innovation-Carrollton
Harmony School of Innovation-El Paso Elementary
Harmony School of Innovation-Waco
Harmony School of Science-El Paso Middle High
Harmony School of Science-Austin
Harmony School of Technology-Houston
Harmony Science Academy-Carrollton
Harmony Science Academy-Dallas Elementary
Harmony Science Academy-Grand Prairie
Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock
Harmony Science Academy-Odessa
Harmony Science Academy-Plano
Harmony Science Academy-Waco
Howard Early Childhood Center, San Antonio
James H. Ross Elementary, League City
School of Science and Technology Advancement, Houston
School of Science and Technology, Corpus Christi 

Edgewood Elementary School, Greenfield
Meyer Middle School, River Falls 

Akyltai Elementary School, (Bishkek, Chuy), Kyrgyzstan
Ivanhoe Grammar School, (Victoria Melbourne), Australia

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