NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Hub City has character.

That’s according to the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development. The group tapped New Brunswick Middle School as one of its 2017 schools of character, according to an announcement from the district.

“This designation celebrates our middle school’s exceptional character-focused instruction and the ongoing dedication of its staff in developing and fostering it,” said Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools. “The key is deciding on a point of emphasis and then staying true to it.”

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The alliance selects schools that have met a “standard of excellence within in the area of character development,” according to the organization’s website. The program is designed to improve character among children by providing schools with a framework, feedback and models of success.

New Brunswick nabbed the designation for its overall efforts to boost students’ character.

Programs like the life, college, career advisory class, for example, help students understand how best to become global citizens, according to the district. That initiative was recognized in 2015 as a promising practice by a nationwide character group.

“Character education is an integral part of New Brunswick Middle School,” Jeremiah Clifford, the school’s principal, said in a statement.

Just 13 schools in the Garden State received the title last year. How many schools earned the designation in 2017 is unclear.

Schools of character will be further evaluated by Character.org, the entity that conducts site visits before choosing national schools of character. Winners will be announced in early May.

The city’s middle school and fellow New Jersey schools of character will be recognized on May 19 in a ceremony at Rider University.