January 30, 2018 – Morristown, New Jersey. – Unity Charter School is pleased to announce that Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character in collaboration with New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD) have designated Unity Charter School a 2018  New Jersey School of Character, the only charter school in the state of New Jersey.  The program recognized Unity as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and its school climate.

Unity Charter School is a school of 240 students.  It has had a Positive Discipline program since it’s inception in 1998.  The school is currently under the leadership of its Executive Director, Connie Sanchez. 

The Schools of Character application process is an opportunity for schools and districts to receive thoughtful feedback for growth and excellence in the area of character development through Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. It is also a method of recognizing exemplary schools and districts in the nation.

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Since its inception, Character.org has recognized more than 565  schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Criteria for the designation 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. 

“Utilizing components of character education is a large part of our student and staff’s daily routines.” said Connie Sanchez, Executive Director at Unity Charter School.  “We are grateful for Character.org and New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD) for their efforts to create a state and national discussion on the importance of character in education. We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools in New Jersey to participate in this program in order to enhance student’s lives statewide.”

About Character.org: Founded in 1993, Character.org is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools, families, workplaces and other communities to inspire, educate and empower people to be ethical and compassionate citizens. Character.org is comprised of character  leaders dedicated to individual growth and success through the advancement of quality character development in all schools and communities. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.