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. 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.)


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



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). 

Learn what it takes to become a School of Excellence.

View past Schools of Excellence from 2014-2016, 2015-2017, 2016-2018 and 2017-2019.

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