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National PTA School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence recognition program opens the lines of communication and critical thinking within school communities to make data-driven decisions that yield positive, long-term results. School of Excellence is committed to supporting and recognizing partnerships between local PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.    




Enrollment Re-Opens May


Enrollment for the 2022-2023 program will open on May 1, 2022.

The enrollment period for the 2021-2022 National PTA School of Excellence program is now closed.

Participating PTAs that complete all of the required program steps will remain in consideration for the 2021-2023 School of Excellence designation, announced August 2022.

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National PTA is Committed to Excellence

Over 40 years of research shows increased family engagement is linked to school improvement and student achievement. 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 and the Four 'I's of Family Engagement.

The School of Excellence Program aims to: 

  • Provide a framework for PTAs to identify and implement best practices in family engagement to strengthen family-school partnerships.

  • Build inclusive and welcoming school communities where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

  • Help PTAs attract new, action-oriented PTA members who want to focus on the issues that affect our children the most.  

  • Provide step-by-step guidance and networking opportunities for PTAs to gain support and feedback, identify and reach goals and earn recognition. 

  • Celebrate designees and top Phoebe Apperson Hearst awardees as national leaders in building effective family-school partnerships, which opens up additional honors and opportunities.

Steps to Becoming a National PTA School of Excellence


Steps to Becoming a School of Excellence
Learn more about each step (en español)

Step 1. Enroll and Gain Support (June 1 – 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.)


What Schools Say about the Program

The School of Excellence Program is a powerful tool that can benefit everyone. It brings to light ways that the school/PTA can improve, but it also celebrates successes. It can be a visual reminder of everything we have accomplished together as a school and PTA.
– Lee Heinerikson, Thomas B. Chinn Elementary Principal, Missouri

This program has opened up important dialogues that will positively impact our school community. In some areas it has validated our work. In some areas, it has brought things to our attention that we hadn't considered.
– Christopher Moretti, Hawley Elementary School Principal, Connecticut

The award provides an example of how the PTA, community and school have a bond and interest in ensuring that our students succeed. It's an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments while setting goals towards future challenges.
– Dr. Gregory Matlosz, Upper Greenwood Lake Elementary School Principal, New Jersey

Designated Schools of Excellence

Congratulations 2020-2022 Designees!


The 2020-2022 National PTA Schools of Excellence are designated in recognition of their commitment to building an inclusive and welcoming school-community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

Join us in celebrating these Schools of Excellence on social media with #HowWePTA and #PTAExcellence, and tag @NationalPTA.

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award Recipients


Also, please join us in congratulating the top three Schools of Excellence and recipients of the 2021 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award Recipients: 

  • Helen Keller Jr. High School PTA (Illinois) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Miami Beach Senior High PTSA (Florida) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
  • Hembree Springs Elementary School PTA (Georgia) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit

Past Schools of Excellence


School of Excellence in Media

Shareable Promotions

Use these promotion materials to share your participation in the program and gain support in your community. Share back with us by using #PTAExcellence and #HowWePTA!

School of Excellence in the News

Check out some of the news coverage part and current School of Excellence designees receive!

School of Excellence Highlights

The School of Excellence experience is different for every PTA. Check out some of the experiences designees and participants have had in their journeys to Excellence!