America’s Best Schools

At NCUST, it has been our honor to visit, celebrate, and learn from amazing schools since 2005.  In past years, we limited our focus to awarding urban schools. Now, we recognize that American public education has much to learn from equitable and excellent schools in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural areas in all 50 states. If your school meets our award criteria (i.e., no selective admissions policies, exemplary learning results for all racial/ethnic/income groups), we hope you consider applying. We would love to celebrate your students, teachers, parents, support staff, and administrators. As well, we would love to showcase your efforts in ways that inspire educators from thousands of schools across the nation and be a model of equity and excellence.
How To Apply
  • Download the application below. 
  • 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  November 1, 2023
  • Each potential applicant should review the application items and pay particular attention to the items in bold type. The items in bold type describe non-negotiable criteria. A school should apply only if they meet the criteria specified in every bold item.
  • 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 November 30, 2023

2024 America's Best Schools Awards Applications



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  • 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.
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