In schools of character:

  • Bullying is rare

87% of students attending 2011 National Schools of Character reported in climate surveys that they felt safe school or that bullying was rare (with 27 of the 44 NSOC reporting data in this category).

Eldridge Park Elementary School (Lawrenceville, NJ): 100% of 3rd graders report feeling safe at school in exit polls.

Fuguitt Elementary School (Largo, FL): 98% of students report feeling safe at school

Mark Twain Elementary School (Brentwood, MO): The school reports an 85% reduction in incidents of bullying over the past 6 years.

Union Elementary School (Buckhannon, WV): 93% of students surveyed say they have never been bullied.

For more info, read what National Schools of Character program director, Lara Maupin, has to say.

  • Student engagement and involvement is high

Nearly 100% of the students attending 2011 NSOC participated in service learning projects.

Alan B. Shepard Jr. Elementary School (Old Bridge, NJ): When a survey revealed an increase in student anxiety in regard to test-taking, students took the lead in resolving the concern. They investigated the issue, wrote skits, created a TV broadcast on strategies to reduce anxiety, and shared their findings with the student body.

Muskogee High School (Muskogee, OK) has over 40 student groups and organizations. Participation in the Advocacy Program grew from 150 students in 2008-09 to over 1,000 students in 2010-11.

Read more in an excerpt of our publication highlighting the 2011 NSOCs. To download the whole publication and learn more about what these schools are doing to help their students, click here.