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School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is now open!



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What Does it Take to Become a National PTA School of Excellence?

By enrolling in this program, your PTA and school administrators are making a year-long commitment in identifying and implementing an action plan for school improvement based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.  

Schools that exhibit improvement are honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years. Honorees receive celebration tools well as automatic consideration for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst award of $2000 for their schools. After two years, schools are able and encouraged to renew their designation.

Your School of Excellence designation will help attract new, action-oriented PTA members who want to focus on the issues that affect our children the most. And being a National PTA School of Excellence will open the door to other honors and opportunities for your school.

Steps to Becoming a National PTA School of Excellence

School of Excellence timeline(Click to Enlarge)

Step #1: Enroll and Gain Support (Enroll by Oct. 1)

Step #2: Deploy Baseline Survey (Sep. — Nov.)

Step #3: Set a Shared Objective (Sep. — Nov.)

Step #4: Complete Initial Application (Submit by Nov. 1)

Step #5: Follow Roadmap to Excellence (Throughout School Year)

Step #6: Deploy Final Survey (March — June)

Step #7: Complete Final Application (Submit by June 1)

Step #8: Celebrate Your Excellence (Aug.)

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More Information

Read success stories from past recipients in the 2016 School of Excellence Report.

Read the Full Report

Read Frequently Asked Questions (en español).

Contact Excellence@PTA.org or call (800) 307-4782 for more information.