Tracey Elementary Named 2019 State School of Character

Tracey Elementary Named 2019 State School of Character
Posted on 02/04/2019
Connecticut State School of Character BadgeNorwalk Public Schools is pleased to announce that, a national advocate and leader for character education, has named Tracey Elementary School as a 2019 Connecticut School of Character. The program recognized Tracey as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior and Tracey’s school climate.


Tracey Elementary integrates character education into all aspects of the school environment. Each day, the more than 400 K-5 students at Tracey are challenged to leave their “PRINT” on the world by living the core values embedded in the Tracey pledge: Problem solving, Respect, Integrity, being Neighborly and Taking Responsibility. The school’s character education program has significantly enhanced the climate of the school, and supported academic growth and achievement. 
The rigorous Schools of Character application process is an opportunity for schools and districts to receive thoughtful feedback for growth and excellence in the area of character development through’s 11 Principles of Character framework. It is also a method of recognizing exemplary schools and districts in the nation.

Since its inception, has recognized more than 565 schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Criteria for the designation are based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts. 

“Utilizing components of character education is a large part of our student and staff’s daily routines,” said Theresa Rangel, Principal at Tracey Elementary. “We are grateful to for their efforts to create a state and national discussion on the importance of character in education. We’re eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools in Connecticut to participate in this program in order to enhance student’s lives statewide.”

About Founded in 1993, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools, families, workplaces and other communities to inspire, educate and empower people to be ethical and compassionate citizens. is comprised of character leaders dedicated to individual growth and success through the advancement of quality character development in all schools and communities. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.