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CSEE Recognition of Excellent Practice in Ethical Education

CSEE’s endorsement/recognition program attests to a school’s ongoing work to meet, at a high level, criteria widely recognized as hallmarks of excellence in moral development / character education.* 

Endorsement does not intend to certify ethical rigor at the school, but rather to celebrate and help broadcast the fact that the school has in place a set of standards and practices known to maximize the possibilities of ethical growth in educational institutions.

In addition to other announcements, membership certificates of endorsed schools will note the school’s recognition as a “School of Excellent Practice.” This endorsement is valid for a period of four years or, when done in the context of an accreditation process, until the next accreditation.


You can download the criteria for receipt of the endorsement.


To apply to receive the endorsement, please download the checklist. This form needs to be completed and returned to CSEE. 

Recognized Schools

See a list and short case-study of schools recognized to-date

* Schools use a variety of terms for ethical life. Independent schools with good programs for the development of ethical life are known to refer to their programs as character education programs, moral development programs, human development or even leadership. The specific terminology schools use is less important than that programs and their goals be clearly aimed at the development of values, virtues, character traits or standards of behavior that are beyond the normal academic goals of the institution.


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