Schools of Character
Here's some information to help you
with your application.
We recommend you download the PDF so you can familiarize yourself with the application.
There are links for "Questions to Consider" and "Suggested Types of Evidence" provided for each principle.
Please note: The PDF is for your reference only. To submit an application, you will need to open and complete the application online via the application link at the bottom of this page.
Already a School of Character?
Here’s what you need to know if you are applying for recertification.
Before You Start
Prior to starting your application, you’ll want to reflect on your school’s character development work.
Here are tools you can use with your team.
Self-Assessment Tool and Scoring Guide
The self-assessment tool, scoring guide, and self-tabulating score sheet can be used by applicants to assess their school’s implementation of the 11 Principles. This is the same scoring guide used by evaluators when assessing your school’s implementation of the 11 Principles.
Please note: While many key indicators are listed in the self-assessment tool, there are other activities, strategies, and instructional practices schools may use as evidence of implementation of the 11 Principles.
The 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character
The guidebook is essential if you plan to implement the 11 Principles in your school and submit a School of Character application. We recommend you purchase at least one copy for your team to reference.
Writing Your Application
We encourage you to gather all the information you need prior to filling out the application online.
Completing and Submitting Your Application
Information you’ll need to complete and submit your application.
The fee for schools is $250.00. Fees for districts vary (see below).
We accept credit cards and purchase orders.
There is a $25 fee for processing purchase orders.
Consider a Mock Audit
Doing good work but not quite ready to submit an application?
Start Your Application
The 2022 application will open June 7, 2021.
The application will close November 19, 2021.