Petway Elementary School was named a 2019 New Jersey School of Character by Character.org, a national advocate and leader in character education this Monday. The program recognizes Petway as a school that demonstrates its use of character development to create a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. Petway’s character education program, the Pathway to Patriot Pride, is fundamental to all operations of the school. It is a way of thinking and acting that allows individuals to feel accepted, valued and safe. Students succeed and academics excel when students feel a sense of Patriot Pride.
Petway continues its distinction as a state and national school of character from its 2011 & 2014 designations. Every five years, schools must reapply for their designation as a New Jersey and National School of Character. Receiving the state designation is the first step to being renamed a National School of Character. In the coming months, Petway will have further evaluation of its school culture and character education program. An evaluator from the New Jersey Alliance for Social Emotional and Character Development will conduct a site visit at Petway. National Schools of Character will be announced in May.