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Smallwood Named a National School of Character

Smallwood Drive Elementary School has been named a National School of Character, building on the New York State School of Character designation it received in January 2019. Smallwood Drive shares the national honor with 88 other schools of all grade levels throughout the United States and one in China. Both the state and national designation remains effective for five years from 2019-2023.

A team of 16 teachers, parents and administrators at Smallwood Drive spent a year developing the application for the state designation which allowed the building to reflect on its practices. Based on how high Smallwood’s score was at the state level, the building was considered for a National School of Character designation. 

Students hold banner The national designation required more information about how the building meets the 11 principles defined on the website. is a national organization whose mission is to support schools that positively shape the social, emotional and character development of the young people entrusted to them each day.