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National PTA Recognizes Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA as First School of Excellence Nationwide

Media Contact:
Heidi May
Media Relations Manager
703-518-1242
hmay@pta.org

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dec. 11, 2013) — National PTA® has recognized Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA in Fort Wayne, Ind. as the first National PTA School of Excellence nationwide for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger. Being recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence demonstrates Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA’s leadership and commitment to partnering to support student success and continuous school improvement.  

“The partnership between Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA is a true example of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA have put strong practices into place that involve families in the life of the school, and we are pleased to recognize them as the first National PTA School of Excellence nationwide.”

National PTA launched its National PTA School of Excellence program to help strengthen family-school partnerships across the country and make measurable progress in the areas of education, health and safety, and arts and cultural exploration. At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. To be recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence, PTAs evaluate their current family engagement strategies and submit a goal for school improvement that families, teachers and administrators have set together. They improve upon their family engagement strategies throughout the year, while focusing on their goal. The National PTA School of Excellence designation will be awarded with demonstrated improvement in the family-school partnership and significant progress toward their goal. In the first year, more than 800 PTAs enrolled in the program.

Northrop PTSA is comprised of more than 660 members. One hundred percent of Northrop High School’s teachers have joined Northrop PTSA three years in a row. Among the ways in which they have partnered to support student success, Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA host a College and Career Night for middle and high school students and their families.  

To celebrate their achievements, National PTA presented Northrop PTSA with a National PTA School of Excellence banner during a special reception at Northrop High School.

For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit PTA.org/excellence.

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.