School of Excellence

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is now open!


Congratulations to New York State PTA’s National Schools of Excellence!

Ballston Spa Middle School PTA – Ballston Spa, NY

Benjamin Franklin PTA – Shrub Oak, NY

George Washington Elementary School PTA – Mohegan Lake, NY

Gordon Creek Elementary PTA – Ballston Spa, NY

Maple East Elementary School PTA – Williamsville, NY

Thomas Jefferson PTA – Yorktown Heights, NY


What Does it Take to Become a National PTA School of Excellence?

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.

Schools that exhibit improvement are honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years. Honorees receive celebration tools well as automatic consideration for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst award of $2000 for their schools. After two years, schools are able and encouraged to renew their designation.

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.


Steps to Becoming a National PTA School of Excellence

Step #1: Enroll and Gain Support (Enroll by 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.)