Character Education


The Character Education Department is a component of the Arizona Department of Education that focuses on instilling character and values in the students of Arizona’s school districts and charter schools. Character education encompasses all aspects of the influence that families, schools, and other social institutions have on the positive character development of children and adults. It is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values such as respect, compassion, initiative, citizenship, and responsibility for self and others. Upon such core values, we form the attitudes and actions that are the hallmark of safe, healthy and informed communities that serve as the foundation of our society.

Character Education Matching Grant Program

The Arizona Character Education Matching Grant Program was created to offer schools the opportunity to secure the services of a third-party vendor to provide character education curriculum to their students. This competitive grant matches funds that are secured by outside sources, up to $10,000. We will begin accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year for both providers and schools in late Spring 2015.



  • Provider Application Process Has Been Delayed.  More information will be made available soon on the new process for the Character Education Matching Grant and the selection of providers.  Please keep an eye on the website for updated information.

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