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Welcome PTA Leaders and School of Excellence Champions!

This website serves state PTAs and its regions, districts and councils to promote, train, support and celebrate local family-school partnerships through the National PTA School of Excellence program:

  • Use the tools and information below to connect School of Excellence participants to other family engagement resources in your state.
  • Make sure active School of Excellence participants are in good standing with your State PTA.
  • Promote the program on your State PTA website and social media. Please send local PTAs to for the enrollment link.
  • Train local PTAs about School of Excellence at your next leadership conference.
  • Support local PTAs by knowing where they are in the program and encouraging them along the way.
  • Celebrate your state's School of Excellence designees!
  • Not sure how best to support your local units? Need detailed reports? Email


School of Excellence Enrollment is NOW OPEN!

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School of Excellence program cycle is now open at By enrolling in the program, individual local PTAs make a year-long commitment to strengthening family-school partnerships at their schools. With feedback from their school communities, Excellence Teams will identify and implement an action plan for school improvement based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and Transformative Family Engagement practices.

State, region, council and district PTA units are encouraged to promote, support and celebrate local PTAs through the National PTA School of Excellence program. The School of Excellence program is designed for individual and local PTA units to make a direct impact at their schools. Therefore, the School of Excellence designation should not be sought by multiple schools under one PTA.

Local PTAs are encouraged to enroll with contact information of up to two additional local leaders to receive program information throughout the year.

Email for detailed reports and any questions on how you can support School of Excellence.

What’s Happening Now?

Check out a few of the ways that you can support the School of Excellence participants now:

  • Celebrate the 351 2020-2022 National PTA School of Excellence designees and 2021 Phoebe Apperson Hearst winners. Shine a light on these PTAs as models for others in your state who are seeking to improve family-school partnerships at their schools.
  • Provide outreach, information and encouragement to the Local PTAs that have enrolled in the 2021-2022 program year (running list coming soon) and who are in pursuit of the 2021-2023 National PTA School of Excellence designation. These PTAs are currently working to build an Excellence Team (Step #1) in order to survey their community (Step#2) and gain valuable feedback from their school communities through the School of Excellence survey questions. Make sure they are in good standing with your state PTA at every step of the way.
  • Use the data reports, training, tools and quotes below to develop state-specific talking points about the School of Excellence program and impact.

School of Excellence Tools, Information and Resources

Key Dates

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

  • June 1 - Oct. 15: Program Enrollment (deadline extended from Oct. 1)
  • Sept. - Nov. 15: Baseline Survey Administration (deadline extended from Nov. 1)
  • Oct. 15 - Nov. 15: Initial Application Due (deadline extended from Nov. 1)
  • Throughout school year: Take Action!
  • March - June: Final Survey Administration
  • May 1 - June 15: Final Application Due (deadline extended from June 1) 
  • Mid-August: School of Excellence and Hearst Award Recipients Announced
School of Excellence Reports

Review past School of Excellence reports to learn more about the program and promote participation! 

2021-2022 Reports

2020-2021 Reports

2019-2020 Reports

  • The program was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. Email for any questions.

2018-2019 Reports

2017-2018 Reports

Comparative Reports

Past Schools of Excellence

Past Data Reports

Promote Enrollment and Participation

Use these resources, tools, trainings, and promotional materials to participation in the School of Excellence program. Share the logos and graphics to promote enrollment in the School of Excellence program from May 1 – October 1. To drive participants to the required enrollment form be sure to link images to Enrollment is now open.


Flyers and Postcards

Newsletter and Web Templates


Social Media

  • Facebook Graphic - Enroll
    Suggested messaging: It’s not too early to plan for the 2021-22 school year, especially when it comes to the School of Excellence. ENROLLMENT IS under way RIGHT NOW! This is a year-long commitment to developing a school improvement action plan that will benefit all students. Learn more and ENROLL at Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work?
  • Twitter Graphic - Enroll
    Suggested messaging: ENROLL NOW! By taking part in the National PTA School of Excellence, your PTA and school administrators make a commitment to identify and implement a school improvement action plan! Learn more and ENROLL at #PTAExcellence #HowWePTA
  • Newsletter Graphic - Enroll
    Suggested messaging: Enroll NOW for the School of Excellence! What exactly is the National PTA School of Excellence? The School of Excellence is a program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. It’s about making changes. It’s about making improvements. And it’s about celebrating accomplishments. Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is under way right now. If you’re interested, be sure to get details at This is a year-long commitment that could lead to one of National PTA’s highest honors. Don’t delay. Enroll now!
Examples of State PTAs Supporting School of Excellence

State, region, council and district PTA units are encouraged to promote, support and celebrate local PTAs through the National PTA School of Excellence program. Review the following examples of how State PTAs support local PTA School of Excellence participants!

Promote program enrollment - June 1 thru Oct. 1

Remember to hyperlink to promote program enrollment (not the enrollment link) on your state PTA website and use the social media tools above to encourage local units in your state to enroll.

Support PTAs in the program - May 1 thru the following program year

Provide encouragement and assistance throughout the program process, using these examples from Maryland PTA:

Celebrate designees - August         

Be sure to congratulate your state's National PTA School of Excellence designees and share their stories on your social media outlets. Reach out to your state's designees and join their celebration events. Email for more information about how they achieved the designation and for more celebration tools. Check out these State PTA Announcements:


More Information

Still want to learn more? Read through these blogs and quotes around the impact the School of Excellence program.

Program Blogs

Program Quotes


Training Tools

Consider using these training tools while promoting and encouraging participating in the School of Excellence program. 


Key Websites


For questions, detailed reports and/or state-specific information, email Amy Weinberg and Ellie Miller at