Academy for Character Education LogoThe Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, resilience, a strong work ethic, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum as well as in families and communities. While its primary goal is to help school districts integrate the concepts of Character Education into their formal and informal curriculum and address major problems ranging from bullying to lack of academic achievement, the Academy pursues a comprehensive approach to character development, reaching out to all sectors of the larger community including the family, civic organizations, businesses, and government.

The Academy, which operates within the School of Education at the Sage Graduate Schools, provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students and specialized programs for other sectors of the community including at the state and national level.

As the first institution in Eastern New York and Western New England to take a leadership role in the nationwide character education initiative, the Academy has begun to serve the region’s character education training needs, by offering conferences and workshops to all members of the school and general community.

Champion of Character 14th Annual Awards Banquet

We would like to thank all our winners for all their handwork and dedication for promoting good character in our community. The banquet was a success and we look forward to hearing about all the good you continue to do and look forward to awarding people next year for their outstanding character.

Click here for the Program for the 2017 Champions of Character Awards Banquet

Congratulations to our 2017 NYSSOC

West Patent Elementary School, Bedford CSD

Valley Stream North HS, VSCHSD

Grand Avenue School, Uniondale UFSD

2018 NYSSOC Applications Due December, 2017

Download the 2018 NYSSOC Application

2017 Summer Program

July 2017
The 2017 Summer Program is where the Academy for Character Educations works with youth who are working to improve both their habits of good behavior and academic skills during their summer vacation.


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“It is very heartening to see participants of The Academy’s programs enthusiastically take away knowledge, skills and strategies to help kids deal with life’s challenges in a caring and responsible way. Business and community leaders need to step up and help build on the outstanding programs of The Academy. When we all work together, we can help develop a generation of good kids to lead our world.” – Michelle Borba, Advisory Board, Parenting Magazine, International speaker, Author, Building Moral Intelligence: The 7 Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to do the Right Thing, Don’t Give Me That Attitude, and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries