Character Education Partnership Announces 2014 National Schools of Character

41 schools and 3 districts honored as 2014 National Schools of Character (NSOC).
WASHINGTON - May 15, 2014 - PRLog -- May 15, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for

the character education movement, today named 41 schools and 3 districts as 2014 National Schools of Character

(NSOC). These schools and districts have demonstrated, through a rigorous evaluation process that character

development infused in their curriculum and school showcased positive impact on its school’s academics, student

behavior, and school climate.

CEP has provided this program to K-12 schools and districts in the U.S. since 1998. Since its inception, CEP has

awarded over 250 schools with the distinction of a National School of Character. Character education is an

educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive

effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical and performance

values such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, creativity, critical thinking, and respect for self and others.

Character education provides long-term solutions to moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern

in our society and our schools.

The National Schools of Character program is not a competition—but rather an opportunity to receive feedback as

well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development as measured by CEP’s 11

Principles of Effective Character Education framework. National Schools of Character hold their designations for five

years. CEP showcases the NSOC in an annual publication and on its website. The honored schools earn the right to

use the NSOC name and logo. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education created a video to help celebrate today’s


“Each of the schools named a 2014 National School of Character has its own individual story of student success and inspiration for their

surrounding communities,” said Rebecca Sipos, CEP Interim President & CEO. “Additionally, this recognition is proof that these

schools use character education at a very high level, which fosters an environment dedicated to preparing their students to be more ethical,

caring and engaged citizens. We are very proud all of the honorees and every school that submitted an application.”

In March and April, all 50 NSOC finalists underwent an intensive screening process that included site visits,

conference calls, and analysis of the impact of their character-related efforts on academics, student behavior, and

school culture as part of the consideration to be named a National School of Character.

CEP will honor these schools and districts at the 21st National Forum on Character Education, to be held the

weekend of October 30, 2014, in Washington, DC. Visit to learn more about the National Forum,

the NSOC program and the 2014 national honorees.

2014 National Schools and District of Character

This year’s NSOC represent 16 states.


Imagine School at Town Center, Palm Coast

Imagine Weston, Weston


Circle High School, Towanda


John Poole Middle School, Poolesville


Derby Middle School, Birmingham

Harlan Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills


Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul


Bernard Middle School, St. Louis

Blades Elementary School, St. Louis

Blevins Elementary, Eureka

Hiram Neuwoehner High School, Town and Country

Ladue Middle School, St. Louis

Lindbergh Schools, St. Louis

Margaret Buerkle Middle School, St. Louis

McKelvey Elementary, Maryland Heights

Mehlville School District, St. Louis

Oakville Elementary School, St. Louis

Oakville Middle School, St. Louis

Robert H. Sperreng Middle School, St. Louis

Sherwood Elementary, Arnold

New Jersey

Cheesequake Elementary School, Matawan

Cherry Hill Alternative High School, Cherry Hill

Gibbsboro School, Gibbsboro

James A. McDivitt Elementary School, Old Bridge

Lawrence Township Public Schools, Lawrenceville

Oxford Central School, Oxford

Pauline J. Petway Elementary School, Vineland

Raymond E. Voorhees Elementary School, Old Bridge

New Mexico

New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell

New York

Canandaigua Middle School, Canandaigua

Harrison Avenue Elementary, South Glens Falls

Smith Street School, Uniondale

West Sand Lake Elementary, West Sand Lake

North Carolina

Colfax Elementary, Colfax

Southern Guilford Middle School, Greensboro

Southwest Guilford Middle School, High Point


Centerville Primary Village North, Centerville


Hilldale Middle School, Muskogee

Sadler Arts Academy, Muskogee


Charles Boehm Middle School, Yardley

South Carolina

Saint Joseph School, Columbia


Southside Elementary School, Angleton


Capitol West Academy, Milwaukee

Woodlands School, Milwaukee

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