Unity Charter School is proud to announce that is has been selected, by the New Jersey School of Character Committee, as a 2017 Honorable Mention School of Character! The selection was made by the New Jersey Association for Social, Emotional, and Character Development (NJASECD).

Criteria for the designations 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. "You can feel the positive climate in these schools the minute you walk through the door. The students, staff and community are respectful and care about each other, and the academics scores improve," states Nina Kemps, New Jersey Schools of Character Coordinator.

The Recognition Ceremony for all of the New Jersey schools took place during the NJASECD Conference on May 19, 2017 at Rider University. The theme of the conference was, "CHARACTER IS FOREVER: Building Your Program to Last!”

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The 2017 National Schools of Character will be announced in mid May at a press conference in Washington, D.C. Character.org will also honor these schools and districts at the 24th National Forum on Character Education, to be held Oct. 20-21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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 (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.