Schools of Character
Doing good work but not quite ready to submit an application?
Already a School of Character?
Here’s what you need to know if you are applying for recertification.
2021 Application PDF's
We recommend you download the PDF so you can familiarize yourself with the application. We strongly encourage you to work on your application as a word document. Keep copies of your narratives, artifacts, and data prior to filling out your application online. Please note: If you do not submit an application, your information will not be saved in our system.
Guidebook to the 11 Principles Framework for Schools
The framework provides guidance to build, reflect on, strengthen, and sustain your character development work. The guidebook is essential if you plan to implement the 11 Principles in your school and submit a School of Character application.
Self-Assessment Tool and Scoring Guide
Some key indicators for each of the 11 Principles school’s can use to assess their character initiative. The summary is not a complete list of all the activities, strategies and instructional practices schools may use as evidence of implementation of the 11 Principles.
Writing your application
Applicants will be asked to provide:
- A narrative of your character journey, and, if reapplying or recertifying, how you’ve addressed areas of improvement and outreach, and how you’ve grown your initiative.
- A narrative of your school’s implementation of each of the 11 Principles and your core values.
- Examples and artifacts that fully and clearly demonstrate each principle. (Artifacts will need to be uploaded into your application as part of a PDF or Word document.)
- Academic, behavioral, and climate data (Please provide 5 years of data for test scores, referrals, suspensions and school climate survey data. If you do not have data use n/a.)
- Testimonials of stakeholders (teachers, non-teaching staff members, students, parents, community members)
Prior to starting your application, you’ll want to assemble a team whose focus is to collect and reflect upon the data. This will give you a snapshot of where you are on your character journey and where you want to go. While it’s good to have several people gather the information, we recommend that one person write the narrative sections. Writing in one voice helps evaluators understand your school’s character journey.
Remember that spaces and punctuation count. There are limits on the maximum number of characters you can use in each section. Spaces and punctuation count as characters in our system. You do not have to use all of the characters to provide the information necessary. You can maximize the use of characters by listing a practice once in your application.
Submitting your application
As you fill out the application online, your progress will be saved automatically. When you end a writing session, select ‘Save for Later’. The web host will send you an email with a link to your application. Please save the link to access your application. Your application is not final until you hit the ‘Submit’ button. Once you have submitted your application, you will no longer be able to edit it. You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. Please make sure to save copies of all your documents and artifacts before submitting your application.
Applications cannot be processed without payment. The fee for schools is $250.00 Fees for districts vary (see below). We accept credit cards or purchase order. There is a $25 fee for processing purchase orders.
Fees & Deadline
The 2021 Application is now open!!!
All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (EST)
Friday November 20, 2020