On January 25, 2021, Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character, designated 76 schools as State Schools of Character. Cedar Hill Elementary and Woodmont Elementary School were among the 20 New Jersey schools earning this distinction for 2021.
Since its inception, Character.org's Schools of Character program has positively impacted nearly 3 million students, staff, parents, and other community members. Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Both Cedar Hill and Woodmont schools will now be considered for Character.org's highest distinction - National School of Character. Both were also named National Schools of Character in 2016.
"We are pleased to announce the 2021 State Schools and Districts of Character," said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, Character.org's President. "We congratulate these schools on achieving State School of Character designation in a year filled with so many challenges. The educators and parents at these schools work together to ensure that every child understands, cares about, and consistently practice the core values that form the heart of each family and school. We are honored to recognize their efforts and share their inspiring work with schools and school districts throughout the United States and internationally."
It was noted that this recognition actually reflects a recertification for both schools as they were both deemed State Schools and National Schools of Character in 2016. Congratulations to the students and faculty of Cedar Hill and Woodmont for achieving this recognition!