National PTA School of Excellence

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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 2017-18 school year is now closed. Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will open May 2018.


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 as automatic consideration for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of $2,000 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

Step #1: Enroll and Gain Support (Enroll by Oct. 15)

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

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

Step #4: Complete Initial Application (Submit by Nov. 15)

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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The 2017-2019 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 their excellence on social media using #PTAExcellence.

Also, please join us in congratulating the top three Schools of Excellence and recipients of the 2017 Hearst Awards

  • Cobb Middle School PTA in Texas
  • Forest Park High School PTSA in Georgia
  • MAST Academy PTSA in Florida

More Information

Learn more by watching our PTA Live! about the program on Facebook.

Read Frequently Asked Questions (en Español).

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

Enjoy our Our Children Magazine article about what it takes to become a School of Excellence.

View past Schools of Excellence from 2014-2016, 2015-2017 and 2016-2018.

See which PTAs are enrolled in the 2017-18 School of Excellence Program.

Contact or call (800) 307-4782 for more info.