National Schools of Character are schools, early childhood through high school, that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. These schools become part of a network of Schools of Character that serve as models and mentors to other educators and hold their designation for 5 years.
New Ways to Interact With the Schools of Character Process
In an effort to provide more resources and benchmarks, ways for more schools to participate, and better capacity to sustain the program long-term, there are four ways to interact in the Schools of Character process. Whether your school is learning what it means to be a School of Character or an experienced school re-certifying after the five year designation is complete, we want to help you on your journey.
National Evaluation: The schools that are recognized as 2019 State Schools of Character will be invited to participate in the National Schools of Character evaluation. Schools will submit an additional $250, but the same application will be used. National evaluators will review the application and conduct a site visit. National Schools of Character will be announced in May 2019.
IMPORTANT – Preparing to Apply:
- Download a copy of the application (PDF)
- 2019 Application Guidelines for schools and districts applying after receiving the national designation in 2014 or before (Re-Applicants)
- Download 11 Principles of Character Education capsule summary
- Evaluator Checklist
- Benefits of Applying