Application info

Schools of Character

Here's some information to help you
with your application.

Application PDFs

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.

School of Character Application PDF

District of Character Application PDF


Already a School of Character?
Here’s what you need to know if you are applying for recertification.

Re-certification GUIDELINES


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.

Download Self-Assessment Tool and Scoring Guide

Download Self-Tabulating Score Sheet


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.

Purchase Guidebook


Writing Your Application

We encourage you to gather all the information you need prior to filling out the application online.
Learn more.

Completing and Submitting Your Application

Information you’ll need to complete and submit your application.
Learn more.

Fee Structure

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.

Application Fees


Consider a Mock Audit

Doing good work but not quite ready to submit an application?

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School of Character Application            District of Character Application



The 2022 application will open June 7, 2021.

The application will close November 19, 2021.