Newark Public School’s John F. Kennedy School Achieves Prestigious Designation as a State School of Character

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[Newark, NJ] The Newark Board of Education is proud to announce that John F. Kennedy School has been recognized with the esteemed designation as a State School of Character by

Each year, certifies schools and districts at the state level that have developed and implemented an intentional, proactive, and comprehensive approach that embeds character into all aspects of the school life.

This prestigious honor is a testament to the dedication, commitment, and hard work demonstrated by the students, educators, administrators, and community members at John F. Kennedy School led by Principal Jill Summers-Phillips. The Schools of Character program, is a national initiative that recognizes schools and districts that demonstrate a commitment to fostering positive character development in students, creating a respectful and inclusive school culture, and promoting social and emotional learning.

John F. Kennedy School has shown exemplary efforts in instilling core values, such as respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship, in its students. The school's focus on character education has not only contributed to academic success but has also played a crucial role in shaping well-rounded individuals ready to face the future.

"We are thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition from It exemplifies the hard work and dedication of our students, educators, and the entire school community," said Superintendent Leόn.

"We are proud to be recognized as a State School of Character. This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to nurturing not only academic excellence but also the development of strong, compassionate, and responsible citizens, said Board President Council"

About Newark Public Schools
The Newark Public Schools is the largest school district in New Jersey and dates back to 1676. The District currently enrolls over 39,000 students in 63 schools. After more than two decades of state operation and upon return to local control in 2018, the District has opened 9 new schools under Superintendent León’s leadership with an additional portfolio of new options to be announced in the coming months and years. The Newark Board of Education serves as a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. With a commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and fostering a love for learning, the District continues to shape future generations and make a positive impact within the community.

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