TROY, NY – The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges is proud to announce that several of its New York schools were recently honored as National Schools and Districts of Character for 2016 by is a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of character development in schools, communities and workplaces across the U.S. and globally. The schools were recognized in October during the 23rd National Forum on Character Education.

“The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges takes pride in educating and empowering our youth to make a difference in their schools,” said Dr. Philip Fusco, assistant director of the Academy. “We are proud to have worked with these schools to help them achieve this designation.  These students and administrators have committed a lot of time and effort to develop and foster positive character traits amongst their peers and within their school communities, and they have earned this well-deserved distinction.”

St. HOPE Leadership Academy honored in Washington, D.C.

St. HOPE Leadership Academy honored in Washington, D.C.

The schools that were honored from New York State include:

Jonas E. Salk Middle School                    St HOPE Leadership
Levittown, New York                                       Academy
Public • Grades 6–8                                          New York, New York
Levittown Public Schools                             Charter • Grades 5–8

Turtle Hook Middle School                        Uniondale High School
Uniondale, New York                                        Uniondale, New York
Public • Grades 6–8                                            Public • Grades 9–12
Uniondale Public Schools                              Uniondale Public Schools

Valley Stream Memorial Jr. High             Valley Stream South High
Valley Stream, New York                                  Valley Stream, New York
Public • Grades 7–9                                            Public • Grades 9–12
Valley Stream Central High                            Valley Stream Central High
School District                                                     School District

Yorktown Central School District
Yorktown Heights, New York
Public • Grades K–12

More than 835 educators from 33 states and 14 countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, and Taiwan participated in the National Forum on Character Education.


The Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, 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, 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 Sage’s Esteves School of Education, provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students and specialized programs for other sectors of the community.

OPPORTUNITY FOR MEDIA COVERAGE: To schedule an interview with Dr. Philip Fusco, assistant director of The Academy for Character Education at Sage call 518-244-2337 (O);  (518) 203-9242 (C), email: [email protected]


Interdisciplinary academics, combining the professions and the liberal arts, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs at the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses; adult education through the School of Professional and Continuing Education and via the Internet through Russell Sage Online.