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2004 National Schools of Character Winners

2004 National Schools of Character Winners

Academy For Learning

Grades 9-12
suburban, public
13813 South Western Avenue
Blue Island, IL 60406
Ms. Jennifer Avenatti
Assistant Principal
Fax: 708-597-5689


Amador Valley High School

Grades 9-12
suburban, public
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Mr. Greg Giglio
Vice Principal
Fax: 925-461-6133


Bessey Creek Elementary School

Grades K-5
suburban, public
2201 SW Matheson Avenue
Palm City, FL 34990
Dr. Blanche Wells
Fax: 772-219-1506


Cranford High School

Grades 9-12
suburban, public
201 West End Place
Cranford, NJ O7016
Ms. Carol Grossi
Fax: 908-276-6552


McMurray Elementary School

Grades 4-6
suburban, public
626 East McMurray Road
Murray, PA 15317
Dr. Robert G. Freado
Fax: 724-941-2769


Pleasanton Unified School District

Grades K-12
suburban, public
4661 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Mr. Rich Puppione
Senior Director Pupil Services
Fax: 925-426-7146


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River Oaks Baptist School

Grades PreK-8
urban/suburban, private
2300 Willowick
Houston, TX 77027
Ms. Rebecca Craft
Assistant Head of School
Fax: 713-621-8216


The Classical Academy

Grades K-12
suburban, public
975 Stout Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Dr. Russ Sojourner
Junior High Assistant Principal
Fax: 719-484-0087


Westbrook Elementary School

Grades K-5
suburban, public
5110 Allan Terrace
Bethesda, MD 20816
Ms. Randi Vogel
Fax: 301-320-6615


Yorktown High School

Grades 9-12
suburban, public
5201 N. 28th Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Mr. John Doll
Assistant Principal
Fax: 703-228-4409


2004 Lighthouse Award for Large Urban School Districts


Houston ISD
Grades K-12
urban, public
3830 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77096
Ms. Dot Woodfin
Character Education Director

CEP’s inaugural National Lighthouse Award for Large Urban School Districts was awarded to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) for serving as a beacon to other large urban districts for specific measures that the district has taken in cultivating and nurturing quality character education efforts. Through districtwide professional development, district-business/community partnerships, and a long-term commitment to character education that began in the superintendent’s office, HISD has established exemplary models for administrative initiatives supporting character education in large urban districts. HISD has maintained its commitment to character development for more than 15 years. It has continually assessed its practices and consistently worked toward improvement.




2004 Semifinalists



West Linn-Wilsonville School District

West Linn, OR

Grades PreK-12


Horace Mann Elementary School

St. Louis, MO

Grades PreK-5


Hyde Leadership Public Charter School

Washington, DC

Grades K-4, 6-8


Millard Hawk Primary School

Central Square, NY

Grades PreK-2


Omega School of Excellence

Dayton, OH

Grades 5-8


St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School

Westbury, NY

Grades PreK-8




2004 Promising Practices   

Albemarle County Schools

Charlottesville, VA


Amador County Unified School District

Jackson, CA


Arcata High School

Arcata, CA


Bucks County Alternative School

Levittown, PA


Calvert St. School

Woodland Hills, CA


Cherry Hill High School East

Cherry Hill, NJ


Chesterfield Elementary School

Chesterfield, MO


Clark Fork High/Hope Elementary School

Clark Fork, ID


Clayton Middle School

Salt Lake City, UT


Collegium Charter School ES

West Chester, PA


Commack Road Elementary School

Islip, NY


Corporate Landing Middle School

Virginia Beach, VA


Crockett Middle School

Hamilton, NJ


E.L. Bing Elementary

Tampa, FL


Enterprise Middle School

Enterprise, MS


Ezra L. Nolan Middle School

Jersey City, NJ


Fair Oaks Ranch Community School

Santa Clarita, CA


Fairfield Central Elementary School

Fairfield, OH


Fred W. Martin School

Jersey City, NJ


Frederic W. Cook School

Plainfield, NJ


Friends Meeting School

Ijamsville, MD


Girls Preparatory School

Chattanooga, TN


Gladys Cannon Nunery - PS 29

Jersey City, NJ


Hartvigsen School

Salt Lake City, UT


Haskell Elementary School

Haskell, NJ


Heron Creek Middle School

North Port, FL


Hickory Tavern Middle School

Gray Court, SC


Hugo Reid Elementary School

Arcadia, CA


Independent Day School

Tampa, FL


J. Marion Roynon Elementary School

LaVerne, CA


James F. Murray Public School

Jersey City, NJ


James Fenimore Cooper Elementary School

Cherry Hill, NJ


Jefferson Elementary School

Belleville, IL


Joseph H. Brensinger PS17

Jersey City, NJ


Jotham W.  Wakeman School

Jersey City, NJ


Kamehameha High School Kapalama Campus

Honolulu, HI


Kingston Elementary School

Cherry Hill, NJ


Ladue Middle School

St. Louis, MO


Lee-Hamilton Elementary School

Ferguson, MO

Lisbon Grade School

Newark, IL


Marlboro County High School

Bennettsville, SC


Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Jersey City, NJ


Mattituck High School

Mattituck, NY


Meadowlark Elementary School

Kearney, NE


Meadows Elementary School

St. Louis, MO


Meridian Public School District

Meridian, MS


Middle Smthfield Elementary School

East Stroudsburg, PA


Morris County School of Technology

Denville, NJ


MS/HS Alternative Program

Long Branch, NJ


Muskogee Public Schools Dist. I-20

Muskogee, OK


Newton Public Schools

Newtonville, MA


Oak Terrace School

Highwood, IL


Orchard Park Elementary School

Westminster, SC


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Orchard Park, NY


Oxford Academy

Cypress, CA


P.S. #8

Jersey City, NJ


Peters Township Middle School

McMurray, PA


Pinellas County Schools

Largo, FL


Plainfield High School

Plainfield, NJ


Pleasant Valley Elementary School

McMurray, PA


Public School Twenty

Jersey City, NJ


Rockwood Summit High School

Fenton, MO


Roland Park K-8

Tampa, FL


Royal Palm School

Lantana, FL


Sacred Heart Catholic School

El Reno, OK


Shaung Wen School

New York, NY


Snow Hill Middle School

Snow Hill, MD


South Amboy Elementary School

South Amboy, NJ


Stern Hebrew High School

Philadelphia, PA


Sunset Hills Elementary School

Tarpon Springs, FL


Sutherland Middle School

Charlottesville, VA


Sylvia Rosenauer Elementary School

Jackson, NJ


Tower Street School

Westerly, RI


Tremont Elementary School

Medford, NY


Waterloo Middle School

Waterloo, NY


Western Albemarle High School

Crezet, VA


Wheaton High School

Wheaton, MD


Winters Mill High School

Westminster, MD

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The Character Education Partnership’s annual publication, National Schools of Character: Award-Winning Practices, showcases the nine public and private schools and one school district named 2004 National Schools of Character. The publication provides ideas for schools and districts seeking to improve their initiatives. Reproducible pages from the winners are a practical feature of the book for practitioners. Also, included in the book are replicable ideas from the six semifinalists, from the winner of the inaugural Lighthouse Award for Large Urban School Districts, and from the 53 Promising Practices citation winners.

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