WASHINGTON, DC - Central Jersey College Prep is one of 84 schools and 7 districts in 15 states certified as a National School of Character, according to a news release.  

“We are pleased to announce and celebrate the schools and school districts who have earned this national recognition,” Dr. Arthur Schwartz, President of Character.org said in a news release. “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.”

Since its inception, the National Schools of Character program has impacted nearly 3 million students, staff, parents, and community members, according to the program's website. 

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The schools and school districts that apply must meet the rigorous standards articulated in Character.org’s 11 Principles Framework for Schools. Each school is evaluated by a team of trained educators and includes a site visit to assess how a school’s “shared values” are motivating students to do the right thing.

“These schools and school districts serve as an exemplary model for all schools and districts across the nation,” adds Lori Soifer, who directs the Schools of Character program. “The educators at these schools are inspiring their students to treat all people with respect and dignity. They are teaching their students to be honest and trustworthy, to contribute their time and talents to the common good, and when necessary, to show the courage to stand up for what is right.”

Character.org will honor the 2020 National Schools of Character during its next National Forum. 

To learn more about the schools and school districts being certified today, please visit https://www.character.org/schools-of-character.