2017 State Schools of Character

NCDPI is pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate, and leader for the character education movement in collaboration with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, named seven State Schools of Character for 2017.

The 2017 State Schools of Character are Erwin Montessori, Grimsley High, Oak View Elementary, Dudley High, Southwest Elementary, Sumner Elementary and Sedalia Elementary in Guilford County. The applications of the seven schools will move forward to Character.org in Washington, D.C. for consideration in the National Schools of Character program.

In addition, NCDPI also recognized four schools and one district as Honorable Mention School/District of Character.  They include Wake County Public Schools, Ridgewood Elementary in Pitt County,  The STEM Early College at N.C. A&T and Nathanael Greene Elementary in Guilford County, and White Oak Elementary in Chowan County.

The Schools of Character application process is an opportunity for schools and districts to receive thoughtful feedback for growth and excellence in the area of character development through Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. It is also a method of recognizing exemplary schools and districts in the nation. Since its inception, Character.org has awarded more than 500 schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Criteria for the designation are based on Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.