Character Education for Florida Schools

2016 Florida Department of Education Statute: 
Florida School Code 1003.42(2)(s) A character-development program in the elementary schools, similar to Character First or Character Counts, which is secular in nature. Beginning in school year 2004-2005, the character-development program shall be required in kindergarten through grade 12. Each district school board shall develop or adopt a curriculum for the character-development program that shall be submitted to the department for approval. The character-development curriculum shall stress the qualities of patriotism; responsibility; citizenship; kindness; respect for authority, life, liberty, and personal property; honesty; charity; self-control; racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance; and cooperation. The character-development curriculum for grades 9 through 12 shall, at a minimum, include instruction on developing leadership skills, interpersonal skills, organization skills, and research skills; creating a resume; developing and practicing the skills necessary for employment interviews; conflict resolution, workplace ethics, and workplace law; managing stress and expectations; and developing skills that enable students to become more resilient and self-motivated.



Florida's State Schools of Character

For Florida's Schools


Everyone is a character educator! 

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Contact us for professional development:


  • Develop a Safe & Civil School Climate & Culture
  • Provide a Challenging Character Infused Curriculum
  • Model Ethical Decision Making
  • Provide Opportunities for Service Learning
  • Engage Parents and Community
  • Connect Character to Florida Standards

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