Become a School of Character
“Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Character development is an essential part of a child’s education. It is not an add-on to the already full school day; but rather, it is an important ingredient that helps to shape the climate and the culture of schools. It is not merely education for life. It is life itself.
Character Matters in North Carolina
In 2013, Guilford County Schools was named North Carolina’s State and National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). The Character Education Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in schools around the country and a national advocate and leader in the character education movement.
(From left to right) Karen Harris, Character Development Coach; Yvonne Foster, Coordinator of Character Development & Service-Learning; Gwen Willis, Chief Student Services Officer; Beth Folger, Chief Academic Officer; Maurice Green, GCS Superintendent; Theresa Hunter, Character Development Coach; Nancy Routh, GCS Board of Education Member; Tyler Hardin, Service-Learning Youth Council President/Weaver Academy student; Brenda Elliott, Executive Director of Student Services and Sally Shipley, Character Development Coach.
From left to right) Alan Duncan, GCS Board of Education Member; Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor; Karen Harris, Character Development Coach; Janet Cowell, State Treasurer; Gwen Willis, Chief Student Services Officer; Tyler Hardin, Service-Learning Youth Council President/Weaver Academy student; Nancy Routh, GCS Board of Education Member; Beth Folger, Chief Academic Officer; June Atkinson, State Superintendent; Maurice Green, GCS Superintendent; Brenda Elliott, Executive Director of Student Services; William Cobey, NCBOE Chairman; Theresa Hunter, Character Development Coach; Sally Shipley, Character Development Coach; A.L. Collins, NCBOE Vice Chairman – District 5; Yvonne Foster, Coordinator of Character Development & Service-Learning.
Since then, 17 schools in Guilford County have also become NC State Schools of Character. They are:
- Colfax Elementary, Colfax (2014)
- Southern Guilford High School, Greensboro (2014)
- Southern Guilford Middle School, Greensboro (2014)
- Southwest Guilford Middle School, High Point (2014)
- Brooks Global Elementary, Greensboro (2015)
- James Y Joyner Elementary, Greensboro (2015)
- The Early Middle College at Bennet, Greensboro (2015)
- Haynes-Inman Education Center, Jamestown (2016)
- Oak Hill Elementary School, Highpoint (2016)
- Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro (2016)
- Erwin Montessori Elementary, Greensboro (2017)
- Grimsley High School , Greensboro (2017)
- Oak View Elementary, High Point (2017)
- James B Dudley High School, Greensboro (2017)
- Southwest Elementary, Highpoint (2017)
- Sumner Elementary, Greensboro (2017)
- Sedalia Elementary, Gibsonville (2017)
Under the leadership of Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green, Guilford County has shown what an effective character development plan can do to reduce violence in schools and raise academic achievement. By using CEP’s 11 Principles Document to evaluate their efforts, they were able to validate that Character Education is a tool to chance the climate and culture of schools that fosters success for all students.
Other State and National Schools of Character in North Carolina are:
- Cotswold Elementary, Charlotte (2000) and (2011)
- Wake County Public Schools (1999)
- A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary, Raleigh (2003)
- Cornelius Elementary School, Cornelius (2005)
- McKee Road Elementary, Charlotte (2006)
- St. Stephens Elementary School, Conover (2006)
- Beverly Woods Elementary, Charlotte (2009)
- Union Academy, Monroe (2016)
*Note: State Schools of Character Schools (SSOC) this designation for 3 years. Being named a SSOC qualifies an applicant to be considered for National Schools of Character (NSOC) status. NSOC hold their designation for 5 years.
There are even more schools across North Carolina who have been recognized for Promising Practices in Character Education.
How to Apply
We know that there are other schools and districts that exemplify the characteristics of a State and National School of Character, so why not apply?
Find out how your district or school can be recognized:
You can also contact the state sponsors listed below.
Section Chief| K-12 Social Studies
Character Education Coordinator
K-12 Social Studies Consultant