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JCAC Named 2018 National School of Character for a Second Time

Character.org Designates 73 schools as 2018 National Schools of Character and 5 districts as 2018 National Districts of Character. Program developed in 1998 has positively impacted the lives of close to 2 million students Washington, D.C.

 

Character.org, the nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world, today designated 73 schools and 5 districts from 17 states as 2018 National Schools and Districts of Character.

 

“I could not be more proud of my JCAC staff and students,” beamed Dr. Deanne Fisher, Principal. “This repeat award and recognition is proof of our ability to sustain success for our students - ALL students!  Those who have gradated, those who are with us now, and those who will be with us in the future."

 

Since the inception of Character.org’s Schools of Character program in 1998, 547 schools and 35 districts have been designated as National Schools or Districts of Character, impacting more than 3 million people’s lives (A complete list of the 2018 National Schools and Districts of Character is included at bottom of this release). All designees will be announced May 18th at the conference of the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development conference at Rider University at 9:20am ET. The event will be live-streamed across the nation.

 

Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates certify schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development with a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Character.org evaluates schools and districts selected in January as State Schools of Character (along with those schools who reapplied within their 3-year designation) Character.org for consideration for national certification as National Schools of Character.

 

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, these schools were found to be exemplary models in character development. Of the schools named today, 17 schools are former National Schools of Character that have re-applied 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.

 

"At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character as well as our district recipients. Their dedication to character development is reducing the skills gap by equipping the future workforce with transferable relationship skills needed to meet tomorrow's challenges," said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President & CEO. "Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do, because they create fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth in communities of character. This year as we celebrate our Silver Anniversary, we are excited to also recognize 20 years of incredible National Schools of Character.”