National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between local PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. 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 and Transformative Family Engagement.
Those that exhibit improvement are honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years. Honorees receive celebration tools and automatic consideration for the top honors, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award and a $2,000 grant for their school. PTAs are encouraged to renew their designation each year, or every other year, to continue to build on their momentum.
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.
Find answers to frequently asked questions here (en español).
Steps to Becoming a National PTA School of Excellence
Step 1: Enroll and Gain Support (June 1 –Oct. 15 - deadline extended from 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.)
**Learn more about the steps here (en español)**