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We are a School of Character!

Each year, certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate. Last week,, announced that Perth Amboy High School was one of the 87 schools across the country selected for this amazing honor! A big thank you goes out to Ms. Baker and Mr. Guarino the co-chairs of the Character Education Committee and all of the members of the Character Education Committee for their efforts in compiling the 28-page application to be considered for this honor. Congratulations to all!


PAHS School of Character

As you know, Perth Amboy High School has officially been named a New Jersey School of Character. We are now being considered for National recognition and have a scheduled site visit to our school on Monday, March 4th. This will be a wonderful opportunity to show off all of the great work that our high school staff and students are doing! For the next few weeks, I will be sharing parts of our "School of Character Application" that truly highlight the ways that our school fulfills the 11 Principles of Character! A big thank you goes out to the Character Education Committee for their research and work in drafting these narratives....


Our School's Character Journey:

"In the early 90s, Perth Amboy High School started PRIDE, which not only represented the pride people had for their town but what the acronym P.R.I.D.E stands for is what we wanted to instill in our school. In 2017 a Character Education Committee was formed to promote a positive school climate at the high school. When the character education committee was looking at what motto would best represent our new character initiative, it realized the school already had one. It just needed to be resurrected. The character initiative is directly tied to our district initiative on social and emotional learning. We want our students to take pride in themselves, their school and their community. We want to encourage our kids to come and stay in school. To do this, we needed to shift our school culture into one that challenges our students while nurturing them. When they fall, we pick them up - a true restorative practice. That success for all is the only option. This is a big shift in the way everyone acts and reacts and has not been an easy change. However, we have devoted PD time after school and during PLCs for staff on Social Emotional Learning to help them with the transition and provide them strategies to use in their daily practices. The students are reminded about Panther PRIDE through assemblies, announcements and in their classrooms. Students are rewarded with Panther bucks and the culture in the school is shifting back to the Panther PRIDE it once boasted. Through our PTO and parent liaison, parents and the community are aware of the initiative and are supportive."

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