New Jersey Schools of Character

The New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development is the state sponsor of the New Jersey Schools of Character Program.

The Schools of Character Program offers a pathway to school improvement by providing a proven framework (the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education), professional feedback on the status of your school’s efforts to embody the standards, and models of excellence.

New Jersey Schools of Character (NJSOC) are selected by NJASECD for having reached a standard of excellence within in the area of character development. The applications of schools recognized as NJSOCs are forwarded to the Character Education Partnership for consideration at the national level.

NJASECD provides opportunities to network with and learn from state and national schools of character. National and New Jersey Schools of Character provide workshops through our annual conference, welcome site visits and offer consultation.


2016 New Jersey Schools of Character

The New Jersey Association for Social, Emotional, and Character Development (NJASECD) is proud to announce that 13 schools have been named 2016 New Jersey Schools of Character. These schools have been forwarded to Character.org (formerly the Character Education Partnership), a national character education advocate and are in the national evaluation process for consideration to be 2016 National Schools of Character.
Read the press release.

2016 NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER
Alan B. Shepard Elementary School – Old Bridge, NJ
Carl Sandburg Middle School – Old Bridge, NJ
Carusi Middle School – Cherry Hill, NJ
Central Elementary School – East Hanover, NJ
Clara Barton Elementary School – Cherry Hill, NJ
Donald Stewart Center for Early Childhood Education, School No. 51 – Elizabeth, NJ
E. A. Bogert School – Upper Saddle River, NJ
Hillside Elementary School – Livingston, NJ
Maple Road School – West Milford, NJ
McGalliard Elementary School – Hamilton, NJ
Nicholas S. La Corte-Peterstown School No. 3 – Elizabeth, NJ
North Plainfield High School – North Plainfield, NJ
Woodmont Elementary School – Pine Brook, NJ

2016 NJ HONORABLE MENTION SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER
Broad Street School – Bridgeton, NJ
Burlington County Alternative School – Mount Laurel, NJ
Cinnaminson Middle School – Cinnaminson, NJ
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools – Newark, NJ
Helen Fort/Newcomb Middle School – Pemberton, NJ
Mahala F. Atchison School – Tinton Falls, NJ
Merriam Avenue School – Newton, NJ
Mine Hill School District – Mine Hill, NJ
Somerset Intermediate School – North Plainfield, NJ
Tinton Falls Middle School – Tinton Falls, NJ
Upper Township Elementary School – Marmora, NJ
Vineland Public Schools – Vineland, NJ

2016 NEW JERSEY EMERGING SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER
Harrison Elementary School – Roselle, NJ
John Marshall School No. 20 – Elizabeth, NJ
Metuchen High School – Metuchen, NJ
Paradise Knoll Elementary School – Oak Ridge, NJ
Swimming River School – Tinton Falls, NJ

2016 NATIONAL SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER
Alan B. Shepard Elementary School – Old Bridge, NJ
Carl Sandburg Middle School – Old Bridge, NJ
Carusi Middle School – Cherry Hill, NJ
Cedar Hill Elementary School – Towaco, NJ
Clara Barton Elementary School – Cherry Hill, NJ
Donald Stewart Center for Early Childhood Education, School No. 51 – Elizabeth, NJ
A. Bogert School – Upper Saddle River, NJ
Hillside Elementary School – Livingston, NJ
Leroy Gordon Cooper Elementary School – Cliffwood Beach, NJ
McGalliard Elementary School – Hamilton, NJ
North Plainfield High School – North Plainfield, NJ
Virgil Grissom Elementary School – Old Bridge, NJ
Woodmont Elementary School – Pine Brook, NJ

Congratulations to our 2016 National Schools of Character!


2015 New Jersey Schools of Character

2015 NJ Character Ed Conference 090 copyThe conference began with a ceremony honoring the fourteen 2015 New Jersey Schools/Districts of Character. These school districts earned this designation based on their implementation of the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education of Character.org in Washington, D.C. These schools demonstrated that they have successfully met the criteria set down by Character.org to earn this recognition. The schools are…

  • Camden County Technical Schools, Gloucester Township Campus
  • Cedar Hill Elementary School
  • Juan Pablo Duarte – Jose Julian Marti, School No.28
  • Liberty Corner School
  • Scott Carpenter Elementary School
  • Macopin Middle School
  • Old Bridge High School
  • Old Bridge Township Public Schools  (District of Character)
  • Thomas Paine Elementary School
  • Upper Greenwood Lake Elementary School
  • Virgil Grissom Elementary School
  • Walter M. Schirra Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
  • William A. Miller Elementary School

In addition, thirteen schools were named as Honorable Mention Schools of Character, including…

  • Carl Sandburg Middle School
  • Cherry Hill High School East
  • Cinnaminson Middle School
  • Clara Barton Elementary School
  • Bogert School
  • Forrestdale School
  • HIllside Elementary School
  • Lafayette Township School
  • McGalliard Elementary School
  • Meadowbrook School
  • Merriam Avenue School
  • Canfield Avenue School
  • Upper Township Elementary School

Three schools were also identified as Emerging Schools of Character.  They are…

  • Broad Street School
  • Glassboro Intermediate School
  • Tinton Falls Middle School

NJEA President, Wendell Steinhauer and Character.org President and CEO, Rebecca Sipos participated in the Recognition Ceremony praising the schools for their success and speaking about the importance of good character as part of the educational program.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a proclamation designating May 29, 2015 as “New Jersey School of Character Day.”  Nina Kemps, NJ State School of Character Coordinator was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from NJASECD for her leadership in the School of Character Program.

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Wendell Steinhauer
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Rebecca Sipos
William Trusheim & Nina Kemps
William Trusheim
& Nina Kemps

Rebecca Sipos also recognized thirteen New Jersey schools and two New Jersey districts as National Schools/Districts of Character for 2015.  Those schools/districts are…

  • Camden County Technical Schools – Gloucester Township Campus
  • Camden County Technical Schools – Pennsauken Campus
  • Eastern Christian School Association
  • Juan Pablo Duarte – Jose Julian Marti, School No.28
  • Liberty Corner School
  • Scott Carpenter Elementary School
  • Macopin Middle School
  • Memorial Elementary School
  • Old Bridge High School
  • Old Bridge Township Public Schools
  • Southwood Elementary School
  • Theunis Dey School
  • Thomas Paine Elementary School
  • Walter M. Schirra Elementary School
  • William A. Miller Elementary School

(See Recognition Booklet)


2014 New Jersey Schools of Character

2014 Honorees

2014 Honorees N.J. Schools of Character


FOUR NJ SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER

The Berlin Community School, the Hanover Park H.S. District, the Henry C. Beck Middle School, and Madison Park Elementary School were recognized as 2013 National Schools of Character at the National Forum of the Character Education Partnership in Washington, DC on October 26, 2013. Representatives from each of these schools accepted the awards at a special awards ceremony during the National Forum. Three additional schools, Cherry Hill Alternative High School, Gibbsboro School, and Theunis Dey Elementary School were also recognized as National Finalist Schools.

In addition, thirty-three National Promising Practices from schools in New Jersey were recognized at the National Forum. Congratulations to all of those schools who were honored by the Character Education Partnership.

Learn more about each school:

BERLIN COMMUNITY SCHOOL

BERLIN COMMUNITY SCHOOL

HANOVER PARK HS DISTRICT

HANOVER PARK HS DISTRICT

HENRY C. BECK MIDDLE SCHOOL

HENRY C. BECK MIDDLE SCHOOL

MADISON PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MADISON PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


2013 NEW JERSEY NATIONAL SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER

Fifteen states have named 50 schools and districts State Schools of Character for 2013. Thirty states participated in the State Schools of Character program administered by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Being named a State School of Character is a preliminary step to being recognized as a National School of Character by CEP.
Read the 2013 New Jersey Schools of Character press release »


2012 NEW JERSEY NATIONAL SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER

Three New Jersey Schools were honored by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington, DC in November 2012 as National Schools of Character. These schools were selected using a rigorous evaluation process which is based on CEP’s Eleven Principles of Character Education which sets out a road map for continuous development in the area of Character Education.  The selected schools are the Lawrenceville Elementary School in Lawrenceville, NJ, the North Boulevard Elementary School in Pompton Plains, NJ, and the Richard Stockton Elementary School in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Congratulations to these three schools for achieving recognition as National Schools of Character!  You can find out more about each of these schools by following the links below…

Read the 2012 New Jersey Schools of Character press release »

Berlin Community School