At NCUST, it has been our honor to visit and learn from over 150 amazing schools that achieve multiple evidences of outstanding learning results for every racial/ethnic/income group of students they serve. We look forward to recognizing, celebrating, and learning from more urban schools in the coming years.
How To Apply
  • Download either the elementary, middle school, high school, dual language school, or alternative school applications below. Choose the elementary form if the highest grade served is grade six or lower. Choose the middle school form if the highest grade served is grade seven, eight, or nine. Choose the high school form if the highest grade served is grade ten, eleven, or twelve. Choose the dual language school application only if all students, at every grade level, participate in dual language programming that develops students’ proficiency in two or more languages.
    Note: Currently, only elementary and/or middle schools can participate in the dual language award program. Choose the alternative school application only if the school primarily serves students whose academic, behavioral, social, or emotional needs are often not met in typical schools.
  • Read the overview of NCUST’s America’s Best  Schools Award Program to learn more about the award criteria and the application process.
  • If you believe your school qualifies, prepare and submit the Intent-to-Apply Form by Tuesday, November 1, 2022
  • Each potential applicant should review the application items and pay particular attention to the items marked with asterisks (***). The items with asterisks describe non-negotiable criteria. A school should apply only if they meet the criteria specified in every item marked with an asterisk.
  • A school district may submit applications for no more than five schools.
  • Complete the application and submit it to NCUST. To ensure consideration, NCUST must receive the application by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

2023 America's Best Schools Awards Applications



If you experience trouble viewing or downloading the applications, Please right click on the download link and choose “save link as…”


  • Use only the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the application. Macintosh and Windows versions of the free Adobe Reader are available from Adobe at
  • Avoid completing the application online within your web browser using a built-in PDF viewer, or by using MAC Preview (Macintosh OS).
  • Before completing the application, save the application form (PDF format) to a drive or location on your computer (e.g., Local Disk (C:), My Documents folder). The Save button provided on the form will open a Save As dialog box, which will allow you to save the application to a desired location on your computer. If viewing the form in a built-in PDF viewer (e.g., Chrome, FireFox), right-click the PDF and select Save as or Save Page As. Make sure the Save as type is set to Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf). Alternatively, you may save the PDF form without opening the file in either Adobe Reader or in any built-in PDF viewer. Simply right-click on the hyperlink for the PDF form and then choose the Save link as… or Save target as… option.
  • Note the file name and location of the saved file.
  • Once you have saved the application to your computer, you are ready to complete the form. Please be advised that the fillable PDF forms will not automatically save. It is strongly recommended that you periodically save data entered into a form by using the Save button on the form, or by clicking File > Save (or Save As) on the Adobe Reader menu bar. Use the same file name and location from the previous step.
  • After you have completed the application, save a final version of the file to your computer.




If you have any questions about the application or the application process, please email your questions to or call 619-594-7905.


Click below to view and download the 2023 ABS awards Elementary School Application


Click below to view and download the 2023 ABS awards Middle School Application


Click below to view and download the 2023 ABS awards High School Application


Click below to view and download the 2023 ABS awards Alternative School Application


Click below to view and download the 2023 ABS awards Dual Language School Application
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