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This resource page serves district, region, council and state PTAs in supporting and promoting the National PTA School of Excellence program. Through the program, individual local PTAs make a year-long commitment to strengthening family-school partnerships at their schools. Based on feedback from their school communities, PTAs will identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

Utilizing the Excellence Library 

 

The information and resources in the following sections aid in promoting, training, supporting and celebrating local PTAs in enhancing family-school partnerships:   

  • Message Board: Review timely updates and information from National PTA that you can use to support the program and local PTA participants in your community.

  • Guide to Supporting Excellence: Find step-by-step suggestions, templates and program details to for how to support local PTAs in the program.

  • Excellence Information Bank: Dig into the program with historical reports, resources and stories that highlight the impact of the School of Excellence program. 

We encourage you to bookmark, visit often and refresh this hidden webpage regularly for new content and information to support local PTAs in achieving Excellence.

Message Board

Check out the latest updates, reminders, and useful information to learn what's currently happening in the program and how you can support participating units in your community. 
 

Continue Supporting 2023-2024 Participants


PTAs are working to complete Step #3: Build an Excellence Action Plan and Check Back with Your Community by once again, gathering feedback from their school community. To assess the progress they have made since they first collected feedback in the fall (Step #2), PTAs must use the same required questions, as provided by National PTA, which are aligned to and based in PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

2023-2024 Participants Must Complete Step #4 by June 15

Once PTAs have gathered as much community feedback possible as they can, units will analyze and reflect on the feedback they gathered in Step #4: Reflect On and Summarize Progress. PTAs will submit their Community Impact Form to share their progress and efforts with National PTA and complete the final required program step for designation.

PTAs must submit their Community Impact Form in the program platform by 11:59 p.m. PST Saturday, June 15 to complete Step #4. In the form, PTAs will verify they used the required community feedback questions and methods and overview their work and successes in the program.

Verify Good Standing for Participating PTAs

Using this list, you can check which local units are working to complete the program by June 15 and achieve the designation. Please connect with these PTAs to ensure they are in good standing and eligible to earn the designation. Only PTAs in good standing according to their state PTA can earn the designation. Click the link and choose "Export to: Excel" to access an automatically updated report. 

   

2024-2025 Program Enrollment is OPEN!


Enrollment for the 2024-2025 program is open now at PTA.org/Excellence. Help us reach the PTAs in your state by promoting enrollment now through the deadline October 15. You can also promote program enrollment by accessing and using our Enrollment Toolkit to promote the program to PTAs.  Use the tips, recommendations, ideas and materials provided in the Guide to Supporting Excellence below. 

Supporting PTAs After Enrollment 

Once enrolled, PTAs receive access to an online toolkit with step-by-step instructions on how to run the program and and achieve their school improvement goals. Along the way, National PTA to provides training, resources, program reminders and timely responses to questions.

You can support participants too! Download a report of the PTAs that have enrolled so far in the 2024-2025 program by following this link. The list updates automatically, so refresh your browser to access the most recent list. 

   

Connect with Participants

 

You can check which local units are active in the 2023-2024 program using this list. Click the link and choose "Export to: Excel" to access an automatically updated report. 

If you would like a more detailed report on participants, state PTAs can email Excellence@PTA.org to receive access to further helpful details and contact information for local PTAs in their state that are actively pursuing the designation. 

National PTA is Here to Support You

 

The Excellence Library is your one-stop shop to support local PTAs through, but National PTA is here to help!

Email Excellence@PTA.org to request further details and tools to support the units in your community achieve Excellence.

Promoting Excellence

 

Browse these program quote graphics and share them on social media or other digital platforms to promote the School of Excellence.

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Grow Your PTA with Programs

 

YOU Belong in PTA — Grow Your PTA with Programs templates are available for use. Show the value of your PTA with programs including School of Excellence. Learn more.

You Belong in PTA School of Excellence

Guide to Supporting Excellence

 
District, council, region and state PTAs are encouraged to promote, support and celebrate local PTAs through the National PTA School of Excellence program. You know your state and communities best and can best share suggestions and opportunities with participants that will further their family engagement goals. 

Top tips to know about the program.


To best provide this support, it will be helpful to understand the program and helpful details like requirements, deadlines and eligibility.

Program Steps 

Through the program, PTAs complete several steps designed to help build an inclusive and welcoming school community. PTAs must meet relevant requirements to successfully complete each step. PTAs that complete Steps #1 - #4 will earn the designation. Learn more about each step in the program with this overview resource.

Program Requirements

Along with meeting deadlines and submitting required information, local PTAs must use a set of required survey and/or discussion questions, exactly as provided by National PTA, to gather feedback as part of Step #2. The questions align directly to PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and are required so PTAs can use the feedback to build an action plan based on the National Standards. 

Designation Details

Once achieved, the designation as a National PTA School of Excellence is for two academic years. National PTA announces the School of Excellence honorees in August each year. All PTAs that earn the designation will be automatically considered for National PTA’s highest honor–the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award.



Promote enrollment and help PTAs learn more about the program.


Enrollment is open from May 1 to October 15 and National PTA provides sample language and graphics that you can incorporate into your PTA newsletters and social media schedule. As you're promoting the program, to take note of these quick reminders:

  • The program is designed for individual and local PTA units to make a direct impact at their schools. Therefore, the designation should not be sought by multiple schools under one PTA.

  • Review this sample Enrollment Form (en español) to see what information is required so you can help local PTAs that reach out with questions.

  • Use the hyperlink PTA.org/Excellence to promote enrollment, rather than the direct link. This shorter link will make it easier to share on social media with #PTAExcellence.

  • Encourage local PTAs to enroll early so they have more time to learn more about the program and understanding requirements.

  • Suggest local PTAs include contact information of up to two additional leaders so the PTA doesn't miss program information throughout the year. 

Download and Customize 

Customize these materials to encourage local units to enroll or provide support through the program steps.

Postcards, Logos and Templates

Download and Inform

Use these resources at your state conventions or in newsletters to help PTAs learn about the program steps, requirements and benefits.

Program Overviews

Download and Share

Share these graphics to encourage local PTAs to enroll and begin their journey to Excellence! Don't forget to share with National PTA using #PTAExcellence.

Program Overviews



Support PTAs through the program.


Provide encouragement and assistance throughout the program process, by knowing which local units are participating in the program and where they are in the program.  

Get Connected

Use the ongoing 2024-25 Excellence Reports to connect with the local units participating in the program. Once connected, consider sending welcome messages to show your support for their efforts to achieve Excellence. Check out these ideas for how you can welcome program participants: 

Check out the School of Excellence Database to find all past School of Excellence designees. Need detailed reports? Email Excellence@PTA.org.

Provide Support 

Through the program, participating PTAs will gather community feedback, analyze the results and develop an Excellence Action Plan to enhance and improve family engagement in their community. You can support PTAs by knowing where they are in the program process and connecting them with opportunities along the way. 

  • Host Program Trainings: Provide training opportunities to participants at state conventions or regular meetings to ensure PTAs are finding the support they need and engaging with other participants. Check out these template training slides from National PTA.
  • Offer Mentorship Connections: Many PTAs are School of Excellence alumni and can offer insight and knowledge to you and new participants. State PTAs, like Free State PTA, can create mentor connections to foster a network of PTAs engaging in transformative family engagement. Here is an example from Free State PTA
  • Use the Excellence Library: Along the way, National PTA will update the Excellence Library Message Board with program updates and outline key dates and reminders to help you support participating PTAs.
Please share with National PTA best practices or tips and tricks that your state uses to support PTAs participating in the School of Excellence program. Email ideas to Excellence@PTA.org.

Key Dates


Mark your calendars with these key program dates to send our reminders or encouragement. 

  • May 1 - Oct. 15: Program Enrollment 

  • August - Nov. 15: Initial Community Feedback Collection 

  • Oct. 1 - Nov. 15: Complete and Submit Community Feedback Form

  • November - May: Create and Implement Excellence Action Plan

  • March - June: Follow Up Community Feedback Collection

  • May 1 - June 15: Complete and Submit Community Impact Form 

  • August: School of Excellence Designees and Hearst Award Recipients Announced



Celebrate PTAs that earn the designation.


In August, National PTA will announce the PTAs that earned the School of Excellence designation, as well as the top three Schools of Excellence that earned top rank and achieved the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards. The  designation helps attract new, action-oriented PTA members and opens the door to other honors and opportunities for school communities. Designees receive a National PTA School of Excellence banner to hang prominently at their school, along with digital celebration materials.

Be sure to congratulate your the National PTA School of Excellence designees in your PTA community and share their stories on your social media outlets. You are encouraged to reach out to your state's designees to join and support their celebration events. Check out these designation congratulation announcements:

Purchase and distribute School of Excellence celebration materials like lanyards, lapel pins & more from ShopPTA.com as seen on this flyer. Most items can be ordered & shipped within 1 week. There are also three package deals that will allow you to bulk order and save!

Designated Schools of Excellence


 
Find PTA units in your state that have achieved the designation to understand the reach and impact of this program in your state. The School of Excellence Database outlines all past designees or you can use the dropdown menu for a further breakdown.

Past Schools of Excellence

Explore past School of Excellence Designee rosters from 



Additional Excellence Information and Resources

Still want to learn more? Check out these additional School of Excellence highlights to learn more about the the impact the School of Excellence program and get inspired to support the units in your PTA community.

 
Highlight Program Impact and Benefits

Use the School of Excellence data reports and quotes from past participants, including principals that have gone through the program, the impact and membership benefits of the program. 

School of Excellence Reports

Use these reports to get connected with past and present School of Excellence participants and designees. 

Comparative Reports Overtime 
Combined Past Excellence Reports*

*Includes the PTAs that submitted required program forms throughout the program.
**2019-2020 program postponed due to COVID-19. Questions? Email Excellence@PTA.org 

Program Data Reports

Use the School of Excellence data reports to help share and inform about the impact of the School of Excellence program Learn information like number of students served and percent of Title I schools served, and find testimonials and program impact quotes. 

 
Program Quotes

Hear first-hand from past participants how the School of Excellence program benefited their community, helped Principals connect with their school and supports PTAs in increasing membership.  


Excellence in the News

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

  • Keller Jr. High PTA 2021 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Awardee
Excellence Program Blogs

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! 

 
National PTA is Here to Support You

All National PTA programming is ready-to-go and comes with a team of support, allowing you to focus on what matters most – your families. We stand beside you along the way, so lean on us, because together we make the biggest difference.

Questions?

For questions, detailed reports and/or state-specific information, contact Excellence@PTA.org.