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Welcome School of Excellence Champions!

This website serves district, region, council and state PTAs who aim 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 family engagement resources in your state. Find all the local PTAs actively participating in the program outlined here.
  • Promote the program on your PTA website and social media and train local PTAs about School of Excellence at your next leadership conference. Check out the 2021-2023 Excellence Data Report.
  • Use the data reports, tools and quotes provided below to develop state-specific talking points about the School of Excellence program and it's impact. Use the School of Excellence Database to find all the schools in your state that have achieved the designation.

Not sure how best to support local units? Need detailed reports? Email Excellence@PTA.org.

What’s Happening Now?

Those PTAs enrolled in the program (enrollment closed Oct. 15, 2022) were required to submit an Initial Application (Step #4) by Nov. 15, 2022 for continued participation in the School of Excellence program. Refer to the list found here to find the PTAs still active in the program. Refresh your browser to access the most recent list. Email Excellence@PTA.org with any questions.

Provide support to those local PTAs actively participating in the program (outlined here) by knowing where they are in the program process and encouraging them along the way:

  • These PTAs have surveyed their community (Step #2) to gain information on family engagement trends in their school community and used their results to begin goal setting around ways to enhance family engagement in their community (Step #3).
  • They submitted their Initial Application (Step #4) by the November 15 deadline (extended from Nov. 1) in order to remain in consideration for the designation and are now working to develop and implement their action plan for school improvement (Step #5).
  • PTAs enrolled in the 2022-23 program cycle are working towards consideration for the 2022-2024 National PTA School of Excellence designation. Be sure to ensure participating PTAs are in good standing with their state PTA.

School of Excellence Tools, Information and Resources

Key Dates

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

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

School of Excellence Reports

Check out the School of Excellence Designee rosters from 2014-20162015-20172016-20182017-20192018-2020, 2019-20212020-2022 and 2021-2023. Then dive into Excellence with the following files and reports:

Comparative Reports

Current Program Reports 

Past Enrollment, Initial Application and Final Application Combined Reports

School of Excellence 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 15 (Deadline extended from Oct. 1). To drive participants to the required enrollment form be sure to link images to PTA.org/Excellence. Enrollment is now open.


Flyers and Postcards

Social Media Graphics and Messaging

  • Facebook Graphic - Enroll (en Español)
    Suggested messaging: It’s not too early to plan for the 2022-23 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 PTA.org/Excellence. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work?
  • Twitter Graphic - Enroll (en Español)
    Suggested messaging: ENROLL NOW! By taking part in the National PTA School of Excellence program, your PTA and school administrators make a commitment to identify and implement a school improvement action plan! Learn more and ENROLL at PTA.org/Excellence. #PTAExcellence #HowWePTA
  • Newsletter Graphic - Enroll (en Español)
    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 2022-23 school year is under way right now. If you’re interested, be sure to get details at PTA.org/Excellence. This is a year long commitment that could lead to one of National PTA’s highest honors. Don’t delay. Enroll now! 

Program Logos

Templates and Testimonial Graphics

Examples of State PTAs Supporting School of Excellence

State, region, council and district PTAs 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. 15 

Remember to hyperlink PTA.org/Excellence 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 by the deadline (extended from Oct. 1).

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

Provide encouragement and assistance throughout the program process, using these examples from Free State 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 Excellence@PTA.org 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 use quotes from your state 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. 

Promote Enrollment with Testimonial Graphics

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

SOE-Quotes_Mike-Miller SOE-Quotes_Kaiserslautern SOE-Quotes_Highland SOE-Quotes_Parkland SOE-Quotes_Morgan SOE-Quotes_Norup SOE-Quotes_Phillips SOE-Quotes_Lutz SOE-Quotes_Herndon SOE-Quotes_Farmington-STEAM SOE-Quotes_George-Washington SOE-Quotes_Falling-Creek SOE-Quote_Chickahominy-Middle SOE-Quote_CC-Duff SOE-Quote_Brookview SOE-Quote_Barksdale

Key Websites


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