BCTHS NATIONAL School of Character!




Bucks County Technical High School Named a
2020 NATIONAL School of Character


Bucks County Technical High School (BCTHS) is pleased to announce that it has been named a 2020 National School of Character. Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character development in our schools and communities, certified 84 schools and 15 districts in 15 states as National Schools of Character.  Bucks County Technical High School is the only Comprehensive Technical High School Pennsylvania to receive this designation, and one of only three in the nation!!

National certification is the highest level of distinction bestowed by Character.org. Schools receiving this designation have demonstrated excellence in establishing a school culture that exemplifies and brings to life The 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character (www.character.org ).

“Each of these schools…has put in place a comprehensive approach to help their students understand, care about, and consistently practice the core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in relationships, in the workplace, and as citizens,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, President of Character.org.  “These schools…serve as an exemplary model for all schools…across the nation”, adds Lori Soifer, who directs the Schools of Character program.  “The educators at these schools are inspiring their students to treat all people with respect and dignity.  They are teaching their students to be honest and trustworthy, to contribute their time and talents to the common good, and when necessary, to show the courage to stand up for what is right.”

This recognition is the culmination of a rigorous application process which brought together stakeholders from the entire BCTHS educational community over a three-year period.  “I give all the credit to our wonderful students and staff,” said Dr. Leon Poeske, BCTHS Administrative Director. “Our school developed an incredible plan over many years to really promote its belief in teaching the “whole child”.  School should be more than just improving test scores.  Test scores matter, of course, but so does a student’s career plan, social-emotional well-being, and understanding their role within the broader community.  BCTHS works hard at giving students experiences of giving back to their community.  This is critical in today’s society.”

“True education enables students to identify and use their gifts and talents to benefit the community and enrich the lives of others”, said Kevin Gentilcore, BCTHS Supervisor of Pupil Services and the administrator who managed the State and National designation processes.  “BCTHS embraces the concept of high school as a caring community, committed to implementing a comprehensive, intentional and proactive approach to character development.”

“We would also like to thank and congratulate our colleagues at the Pennsbury School District, which has been named a National District of Character”, added Mr. Gentilcore. “Pennsbury’s leadership in the character education served as an inspiration for our efforts, and their guidance throughout the application process proved invaluable”.

Character.org will honor the 2020 National Schools of Character during its next National Forum in Washington, D.C.  To learn more about the schools and school districts being certified, please visit www.character.org/schools-of-character.


Leon Poeske, Ed.D.
Administrative Director



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