Hargrave designated National School of Character by

Press Release for May 10, 2016

2016 sealHargrave Military Academy was named a National School of Character by, a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of character development in schools, communities and workplaces across the U.S. and globally, The organization designated 67 schools and four districts from 15 states as National Schools and Districts of Character for 2016. The designations were announced on Monday, June 10, 2016.

“We are incredibly excited about this recognition.  It speaks volumes about the depth and dedication of our faculty and staff--and their commitment to the development of each young man,” Brigadier General Don Broome (U.S. Army, Retired), Hargrave President, said. “Hargrave has always been known for developing young men of character. Four years ago, we undertook to align our programs with the Eleven Pillars to better define what we do on a daily basis. The Hargrave Team has done a great job as is reflected in this designation.”

Since the inception of’s Schools of Character program’s in 1998 only 263 schools and 14 districts have met the standards to be be designated as National Schools or Districts of Character.   Hargrave joins this elite group that is impacting more than 600,000 students’ lives.

Hargrave was the only Virginia school --public or private-- to earn the National School of Character designation. In 2015, it was the only school to earn the State School of Character designation. Additionally, it was the only military academy to be designated.

"We are extremely proud of this year’s designated schools and districts for their dedication to character development which has proven to increase the well-being of so many students’ lives across the United States and beyond,” said Becky Sipos,’s President and CEO. “These character initiatives create conditions for learning where students are thriving and growing into ethical members of our society. They are developing lifelong skillsets they will leverage well into their adult lives.”

Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, Hargrave was found to be exemplary model of character development. Criteria for selection is based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a guide to providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

Founded in 1993,, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It 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 and an increase in an overall positive school climate. will honor the designated schools and districts at its 23rd National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 14-15, 2016, in Washington, DC. Visit to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.