The Academy's Awards Programs

Dear Concerned Educator/Community Leader:

At The Academy for Character Education we believe that character education provides the basis for developing a stronger, caring community. Established in 2000, our mission is to promote character education within the greater community by raising awareness, educating, motivating and facilitating the infusion of positive character traits that become lifelong habits. We are firm believers in the mandate that character education needs to be infused into the curriculum of all schools and in our communities. Our society needs to create Communities of Character. Character Education initiatives can help create a community featuring responsible, respectful behavior that welcomes the quest for justice and excellence. Comprehensive community-wide character education programs result in positive changes for our families, schools, businesses and communities.

With this in mind we invite you to participate in our 11th annual Champions of Character Leadership Awards Banquet. Each year, at our annual Awards Banquet, we honor outstanding positive leadership in our schools and communities. At our Wednesday    April 9, 2013 Banquet we are proud to be awarding the 7th annual New York State Schools of Character (NYSSOC) awards in partnership with the national CEP (Character Education Partnership).

As usual we will be recognizing a number of Academy Schools of Character and as well as educators, students, parents, business and community Champions of Character. This event includes the opening reception featuring a musical group and is followed by Franklin Plaza's delicious dinner and the awards presentations. Reservations ($49 per person) may be sent to The Academy at the address above. This is your invitation to step up for character. Please take the time to let us know about one or more worthy citizens/groups. We hope you will plan to attend the 2014 event. Feel free to contact The Academy if you have any questions about this initiative, any of The Academy's programs or would interested in becoming part of the Awards Banquet Honorary Committee. Thank you for your support of and commitment to affecting positive outcomes in our community.

The 2014 Champions of Character Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday April 9, 2014.

The deadline for all Champions of Character nominations was December 16, 2013.       Please see the first page of this web site or the Programs and Awards page for direct links to all nomination forms.

The Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges will be accepting applications from public and private schools and districts throughout the state of New York for the 2014 State Schools of Character Awards Program. State winner(s) will advance to compete at in the National Schools of Character (NSOC) Awards Program. Below is some information schools can check to become familiar with the process. The deadline for NYSSOC applications was Dec. 1, 2013

This is the CEP link to the New York State Application Guidelines and Cover Sheet: http://www.character.org/newyork

Additional information about this process can be accessed at the following link: New York State Schools of Character Selection Process

To review a summary presentation of "The Eleven Principles Of Character" access the following link:    href="//www.character.org/elevenprinciples"

Coordinated by The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges.

The NYSSOC Awards Program is supported in part by CS Arch Architecture, Albany New York.

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Previous National Award Winners from New York State

Babylon Memorial Grade School Babylon, NY
2008 National School of Character

Fayetteville-Manlius High School
Manlius, NY
2006 National Schools of Character Finalist

Gillette Road Middle School Cicero, NY
2007 National Schools of Character Finalist

Memorial Junior High School
Valley Stream, NY
1999 National Schools of Character Finalist

Millard Hawk Primary School
Central Square, NY
2004 National Schools of Character Finalist, 2006 National School of Character

Morgan Road Elementary School
Liverpool, NY
2000 National School of Character

Rye Alternative Preparatory School Rye, NY
1999 National Schools of Character Finalist

Scarsdale Alternative School (Scarsdale HS)
Scarsdale, NY
2002 National School of Character

Skaneateles High School
Skaneateles, NY
2003 National Schools of Character Finalist

St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School
Westbury, NY
2004 National Schools of Character Finalist

Thomas A. Edison Community School Port Chester, NY
2003 National School of Character

Tremont Elementary School Medford, NY
2005 National School of Character

Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School Valley Stream, NY
1999 National Schools of Character Finalist

Waterloo Middle School Waterloo, NY
2007 National Schools of Character Finalist, 2008 National School of Character


Champions of Character Awards Banquet

Each year, The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges hosts the "Champions of Character" Awards Banquet at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. 

The event begins with a reception, followed by dinner, awards presentations and short presentations by a selected number of award recipients (especially the NYSSOC winners).