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Press Releases: Charter School News Designates 83 Schools 4 Districts as 2017 National Schools of Character

Tuesday, May 16, 2017  
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Washington, D.C.

May 8, 2017 —, the nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world, today designated 83 schools and 4 districts from 21 states as 2017 National Schools and Districts of Character. 

Since the inception of’s Schools of Character program in 1998, 474 schools and 30 districts have been designated as National Schools or Districts of Character, impacting more than 1.5 million students’ lives. (A complete list of the 2017 National Schools and Districts of Character is included at bottom of this release). In addition, this year, 3 Mexico schools have applied for our Mexico School of Character designation. All designees will be announced at a press event in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., on May 23.  The event will be held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room G11 from 10:00-11:00 ET and will be live-streamed across the nation. The announcement is being sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK).

Each year, (formerly The Character Education Partnership) and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Schools and districts selected in January as State Schools of Character, along with those schools who reapplied in their 3-year designation, were forwarded to for consideration for national recognition as National Schools of Character.

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, these schools were found to be exemplary models of character development. Of the schools named today, 17 schools are former National Schools of Character reapplying for the national designation. Criteria for selection are based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

"At, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character as well as our district recipients. Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many students, their families and their communities across the United States and beyond, " said Doug Karr,’s President & CEO. He continued, "Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do because it creates fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth where students and those in their lives thrive as ethical members of our society. The students of National Schools of Character are developing a lifelong skillset that they will leverage well into their adult lives.” will honor the designated schools and districts at its 24th National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 20-21, 2017, in Arlington, VA.    


"My congratulations to the entire PCK staff and student body.  I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this exceptional school!.  With this humbling recognition also comes the realization that we still have much work to do to fully integrate character education throughout our school, staff, students and parent community.  We are excited about the challenge, and look forward to continuing to make the character education of our students a priority."



Teri Aplin| PCK School Director
Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
11661 North Pine Drive • Parker, CO 80138
Tel: 303.840-7070 • Fax: 303.840-9785

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