Sheridan Named 2017 DC School of Character by

Sheridan is thrilled to announce that, a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, has named Sheridan a 2017 DC School of Character. The program recognizes Sheridan as a school that uses character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.

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.

“We are so pleased to be recognized by as a State School of Character. At Sheridan, students’ social/emotional, character and academic development are all equally important. This is evident in everything that we do and a core component of our school’s mission. From Kindergarten through 8th Grade, our class covenants address core ethical values such as respect, responsibility, advocacy and teamwork. We continually reinforce this in developmentally appropriate ways. At Sheridan, everyone is committed to the ideals of respect for oneself, others, and the environment, and we are constantly looking for opportunities to build students’ empathy.” – Jessica Lee, Head of School

Since its inception, has awarded more than 500 schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Sheridan School is honored to join these other exemplary schools and districts in the nation in this recognition.

About Founded in 1993,, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. works with schools and districts to inspire, educate and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to youth learning how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools. 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.