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The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards for innovation in family engagement, named after National PTA co-founder Phoebe Apperson Hearst, recognize and celebrate achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.

The awards are presented to PTAs that have earned top rank with their National PTA School of Excellence designation by demonstrating outstanding achievement engaging families in student success and school improvements. The awards are the highest honor National PTA presents to effective family engagement.

Local PTAs are encouraged to enroll in and complete the National PTA School of Excellence program for consideration.

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Congratulations Hearst Awards Recipients!

Congratulations to the 2021 National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst recipients! Thanks to the generous support of the Hearst Foundation, the 2021 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Awardee will receive national recognition and a $2000 grant for their school. The 2021 Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Merit Awardees will receive $500 grants for their schools. Learn more about their tremendous work here.

2021 Award Recipients

  • Helen Keller Jr. High School PTA (Illinois) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Miami Beach Senior High PTSA (Florida) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
  • Hembree Springs Elementary School PTA (Georgia) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit


Previous Awards Winners

2019 Award Recipients

  • Mark Twain Elementary PTA (California) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Norman Rockwell PTA (Washington) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
  • Jane S. Roberts K8 Center PTSA (Florida) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit

2018 Award Recipients

  • Maple West Elementary PTA (New York) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Laurens Middle School PTA (South Carolina) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
  • Boggess Elementary PTA (Texas) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit

2017 Award Recipients

  • Cobb Middle School PTA (Texas) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Forest Park High School PTSA (Georgia) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
  • MAST Academy PTSA (Florida) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit

2016 Award Recipients

  • Grafenwoehr Elementary PTA (Germany) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School PTSA (North Carolina) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit
  • New Century Technology High School PTSA (Alabama) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit

2015 Award Recipients

  • Key Biscayne Community PTA (Florida) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award 
  • Elkins Point Middle School PTSA (Georgia) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit 

2014 Award Recipients

2013 Award Recipients

  • Northrop High School PTSA (Indiana) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • Rainbow Elementary PTA (Alabama) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit
  • Paseo Hills PTSA (Arizona) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit
  • Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary PTA (Florida) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit
  • Milton High School PTSA (Georgia) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit

2012 Award Recipients

  • Mantua Elementary School PTA (Virginia) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Family-School Partnership Award
  • 23rd District PTA (California) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit
  • James G. Blaine Elementary PTA (Illinois) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit
  • Herberich Primary School PTA (Ohio) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit
  • Cache Elementary South PTA (Utah) – Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award of Merit

Visit PTA.org/Excellence for more info on the National PTA School of Excellence program.