Character.org Designates 83 Schools 4 Districts as 2017 National Schools of Character Program developed in 1998 has positively impacted the lives of 2 million students

Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities.

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, these schools were found to be exemplary models of character development. Of the schools named today, 17 schools are former National  Schools of Character reapplying for the national designation. Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education , a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

*Former National Schools of Character that have been re-certified

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ILLINOIS
Belleville Public Schools District 118 Belleville, IL
MISSOURI
Parkway School District Chesterfield, MO
NEW JERSEY
New Providence School District New Providence, NJ
WISCONSIN
School District of South Milwaukee South Milwaukee, WI

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ALABAMA
*Shades Cahaba Homewood, AL
ARIZONA
Imagine Desert West Phoenix, AZ
Imagine East Mesa Mesa, AZ
Imagine Prep Surprise Surprise, AZ
CALIFORNIA
Wells Middle School Dublin, CA
COLORADO
Imagine Charter School at Firestone Firestone, CO
Parker Core Knowledge Charter School Parker, CO
CONNECTICUT
Breakthrough Magnet School Hartford, CT
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Sheridan School Washington, DC
FLORIDA
*Carrollwood Day School Tampa, FL
*Cimino Elementary Valrico, FL
Imagine Schools Chancellor Campus Boynton Beach, FL
Ridgecrest Elementary School Largo, FL
HAWAII
*Sacred Hearts Academy Honolulu, HI
IDAHO
Betty Kiefer Elementary Rathdum, ID
KANSAS
McClure Elementary School Topeka, KS
MASSACHUSETTS
*Montrose School Medfield, MA
MICHIGAN
James R. Geisler Middle School Commerce Towns, MI
MISSOURI
Alma Schrader Elementary School Cape Girardeau, MO
Carman Trails Elementary School Manchester, MO
*Francis Howell Middle School St. Charles, MO
*George Guffey Elementary Fenton, MO
Green Pines Elementary Wildwood, MO
Green Trails Elementary Chesterfield, MO
*Kehrs Mill Elementary Chesterfield, MO
*Kellison Elementary School Fenton, MO
Kennard Classical Junior Academy St. Louis, MO
Lindbergh Early Childhood St. Louis, MO
*Northview High School Florissant, MO
Parkway Northeast Middle School Creve Coeur, MO
Parkway Southwest Middle School Manchester, MO
Rockwood Early Childhood Chesterfield, MO
Stanton Elementary Fenton, MO
*Trautwein Elementary St. Louis, MO
Wild Horse Elementary Chesterfield, MO
NEW JERSEY
A. Russell Knight Elementary School Cherry Hill, NJ
Burlington County Alternative School Mount Laurel, NJ
Campbell Elementary School Metuchen, NJ
Central Elementary School East Hanover, NJ
Cinnaminson Middle School Cinnaminson, NJ
*Eldridge Park School Lawrenceville, NJ
Harrison Elementary School Roselle, NJ
Jonas Salk Middle School Old Bridge, NJ
Maple Road Elementary School West Milford, NJ
Merriam Avenue School Newton, NJ
Morgan Elementary School Hamilton, NJ
New Brunswick Middle School New Brunswick, NJ
Paradise Knoll Oak Ridge, NJ
*Richard Stockton Elementary School Cherry Hill, NJ
*Rosa International Middle School Cherry Hill, NJ
Somerset Intermediate School North Plainfield, NJ
*South Brunswick High School Monmouth Junction, NJ
Tinton Falls Middle School Tinton Falls, NJ
Toms River High School East Toms River, NJ
Upper Greenwood Lake Elementary School Hewitt, NJ
Washington Elementary School Roselle, NJ
Whitehouse Elementary School Whitehouse Station, NJ
Yardville School Hamilton, NJ
*Zane North Elementary School Collingswood, NJ
NEW YORK
Grand Avenue School North Baldwin, NY
Valley Stream North Franklin Square, NY
West Patent Elementary School Bedford Hills, NY
NORTH CAROLINA
Erwin Montessori Elementary Greensboro, NC
Grimsley High School Greensboro, NC
Haynes-Inman Education Center Jamestown, NC
James Benson Dudley High School Greensboro, NC
Sumner Elementary School Greensboro, NC
OKLAHOMA
Dove Science Academy Elementary Oklahoma City, OK
Dove Science Academy-OKC Oklahoma City, OK
Eisenhower High School Lawton, OK
Pryor Junior High Pryor, OK
Whittier Elementary School Muskogee, OK
SOUTH CAROLINA
Harrisburg Elementary School Indian Land, SC
TEXAS
Clear Lake City Elementary School Houston, TX
Indian Springs Elementary San Antonio, TX
John F. Ward Elementary Houston, TX
Lakeside Elementary Coppell, TX
*Mockingbird Elementary Coppell, TX
Richard J. Lee Elementary School Dallas, TX
Samuel Beck Elementary Trophy Club, TX
Sandra Mossman Elementary League City, TX
T.E. Baxter Elementary Midlothian, TX
WISCONSIN
Greenwood Elementary School River Falls, WI