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Award Winning Schools

Award Winning Schools

NCUST is pleased to announce our winners for the 2013 National Excellence in Urban Education Awards. Click here to read more about the winning schools and how they are improving urban education across the nation.

“If every school in America served diverse populations of students as well as the National Excellence in Urban Education Award schools, achievement gaps would be eliminated,” affirms Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation at the San Diego State University College of Education.

Through the Excellence in Urban Education Award program, NCUST identifies, awards and celebrates America’s best urban schools!

The goals of the NCUST Excellence in Urban Education Awards program are to:

* Recognize the talent, dedication, and hard work of urban school educators and students;
* Educate the public about the accomplishments and potential of urban schools;
* Provide a benchmark of excellence that motivates the reform efforts of urban schools and districts; and
* Deepen the knowledge base of best practices for promoting urban school transformation.

Sixty-two schools in 40 school districts and 17 states have won Excellence in Urban Education Awards since 2006. Click on the links below to visit official school or school district websites.


Birmingham City Schools (Birmingham, AL): Glen Iris Elementary (2013)

Dothan City Schools (Dothan, AL): Morris Slingluff Elementary (2013)


Phoenix Elementary School District (Phoenix, AZ): Magnet Traditional School (2013)

Tuscon Unified (Tuscon, AZ): C.E. Rose Elementary (2012)


Bakersfield City School District (Bakersfield, CA): Franklin Elementary School (2008)

Centinela Valley High School District (Lawndale, CA–Los Angeles): Lawndale High School (2009)

Chula Vista ESD (Chula Vista, CA) : Lauderbach Elementary, Montgomery Elementary, Otay ElementaryMueller Charter (2012)

Compton Unified School District (Compton, CA–Los Angeles): Bursch Elementary (2009)

Cucamonga School District (Rancho Cucamonga, CA–San Bernardino): Rancho Cucamonga Middle School (2007)

Glendale Unified School District (Glendale, CA–Los Angeles): Horace Mann Elementary (2010), Columbus Elementary (2012)

KIPP Charter (San Diego, CA): KIPP Adelante Academy (2009)

Long Beach Unified School District (Long Beach, CA–Los Angeles): International Elementary (2010), Signal Hill Elementary (2008), Tucker Elementary (2008), Thomas Edison Elementary (2007)

Three young women who are student leaders at Kearny High School of International business

Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA): Lemay Elementary (2010), Nueva Vista Elementary (2010), Synergy Charter Academy (2013)

Montebello Unified School District (Montebello, CA–Los Angeles): Montebello Gardens Elementary (2009)

Sacramento City Unified School District (Sacramento, CA): Golden Hill Elementary (2009)

San Diego Unified School District (San Diego, CA): Kearny High School of International Business  (2009)

Santa Ana Unified (Santa Ana, CA): Jim Thorpe Fundamental   (2012)

Sweetwater Union high School District (National City, CA) – National City Middle School (2012), Granger Junior High School (2013)


Broward County Public Schools (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): William Dandy Middle School (2008, 2012)

Hillsborough County Public Schools (Tampa, FL): Muller Elementary (2006)

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Miami, FL): Southside Elementary Museums Magnet School (2008)

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Atlanta Public Schools (Atlanta, GA): Whitefoord Elementary (2010), Charles L. Gideons Elementary (2007)


Peoria Public Schools (Peoria, Illinois): Whittier Primary School (2006)


Wichita Public Schools (Wichita, KS): Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet (2010)


Montgomery County Public Schools (Silver Spring, MD): Highland Elementary School (2010)


Lawrence Public Schools (Lawrence, MA): Community Day Charter Public School (2006)


Public Charter School (Detroit, MI): Detroit Edison Public School Academy (2007)


Center School District (Kansas City, MO): Boone Elementary (2013)

New Jersey:

Newark Public Schools (Newark, NJ): Branch Brook School (2010), Harriet Tubman Blue Ribbon School (2008)

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New York:

Mt. Vernon Public Schools (Mt. Vernon, NY–NYC): Cecil H. Parker Elementary School (2007)

NYC Dept. of Education (Bronx, NY): Marble Hill High School of International Studies District 10 (2010)

Rochester City School District (Rochester, NY):Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School #19 (2010), World of Inquiry Elementary (2009)

North Carolina:

Durham School District (Durham, NC): R.N. Harris Integrated Arts  (2012)


Cleveland Metropolitan School District (Cleveland, OH): Louisa May Alcott Elementary School (2008), William Bryant Middle, MC2 STEM High (2012), Dayton Business Technology High School (2013), Riverside School (2013)

Columbus Public Schools (Columbus, OH): Columbus Alternative High School (2007)


Oklahoma City Public Schools (Oklahoma City, OK): Linwood Elementary (2006)


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School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA): Franklin Towne Charter High School (2009), Bridesburg Elementary (2008)


Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (Nashville, TN): Rose Park Math and Science Magnet (2013)


Austin Independent School District (Austin, TX): Dorinda L. Pillow Elementary School (2007)

Dallas Independent School District (Dallas, TX): Nathan Adams Elementary (2010),  Trinidad Garza Early College    (2012)

Aldine Independent School District (Houston, TX): Hambrick Middle School (2010), Mary Walke Stephens Elementary (2010), MacArthur High School (2008 & 2013), Aldine 9th Grade School (2013), Stehlik Intermediate (2013), Aldine Senior High School (2013), Ernest F. Mendel Elementary (2013)
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•  Galena Park Independent School District (Houston, TX): Tice Elementary (2013)

•  Socorro Independent School District (El Paso, TX): Escontrias Elementary (2010)

•  Uplift Education Charter School Network (Dallas, TX): Uplift Education Peak Prep (2012)

•  Ysleta Independent School District (El Paso, TX): Eastwood Middle (2013)


Richmond Public Schools (Richmond, VA): Thomas H. Henderson Middle School (2008), Ginter Park Elementary (2006)

Roanoke City Public Schools (Roanoke, VA): Fallon Park Elementary (2009)

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