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PTAs and Schools Across the Country Honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Aug. 6, 2021)—National PTA is pleased to honor a record 351 PTAs and schools from across the country as 2020-2022 Schools of Excellence. National PTA’s School of Excellence designation recognizes and celebrates strong partnerships between local PTAs and schools that are enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

National PTA is also pleased to recognize the top three Schools of Excellence with its 2021 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award—the highest honor presented by the association to celebrate effective family engagement and family-school partnerships:

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award

  • Helen Keller Junior High School PTA, Schaumburg, Ill.

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit

  • Miami Beach Senior High PTSA, Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Hembree Springs Elementary School PTA, Roswell, Ga.

“We are thrilled to honor the accomplishments of Helen Keller Junior High School PTA, Miami Beach Senior High PTSA, Hembree Springs Elementary School PTA and all of the 2020-2022 Schools of Excellence,” said Anna King, president of National PTA. “The efforts of these PTAs and schools have made a positive impact for all students, families and their school, which has been and continues to be more important than ever, especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

National PTA’s School of Excellence program is a year-long commitment to improving family-school partnerships. Throughout the year, PTAs and schools collect feedback from their school communities to create and implement plans of action to make a difference for every child. Through the School of Excellence program, PTAs and families become key partners in decision-making and school improvement efforts. The program opens the lines of communication and critical thinking within school communities to make data-drive decisions that yield positive, long-term results.

“It has been especially critical to have open lines of communication, strong family-school partnerships and families as key partners in the decision-making process during the COVID-19 pandemic. We must continue to keep these practices going in the new school year to address learning gaps experienced during the pandemic and support students’ social and emotional needs,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA’s School of Excellence program can help strengthen or rebuild family-school partnerships while we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and ensure students, families and schools have what they need to thrive.” 

Enrollment is now open for the 2021-2022 School of Excellence program. The deadline to enroll is Oct. 1. For more information about the program and to enroll, visit

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