Arthur L. Johnson High School was recently named a 2020 National School of Character by  According to school officials, national certification is the highest level of distinction bestowed by the organization.  

“We are pleased to announce and celebrate the schools and school districts who have earned this national recognition,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, President of “Each of these schools and school districts has put in place a comprehensive approach to help their students understand, care about, and consistently practice the core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in relationships, in the workplace, and as citizens.” 

Assistant Principal Edward Bucior shared his thoughts on the recognition. “Collectively as a school community, we promote and instill positive core values for our students. We have the best students, teachers, parents, and community. Our stakeholders are fully invested in creating upstanding leaders within the community.  There is your ‘image’ and then there is your ‘character,’" he said. “Image is doing the right thing when everyone is watching. Character is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. Both are important, but your character is what defines you.

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He continued, “At the end of the day, character is not something you simply acquire, but rather it is something that is developed. Our students have been developed to be leaders within our building and community.”

Schools given this designation have demonstrated excellence in establishing a school culture that exemplifies and brings to life The 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character.

“The Character Committee… thank(s) everyone that has helped ALJ get to this point. I want to thank the Board of Education and Superintendent Mr. Edward Grande for supporting ALJ throughout the process. I want to thank our teachers, students, parents, and community members for the work that they put in on a daily basis and for all of the support they gave during the application process,” said Bucior.

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