National PTA Recognizes Northrop as First "School of Excellence" Nationwide - November 18, 2013

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Displayed from: Nov 18, 2013 , until: Jan 18, 2014

National PTA President Otha Thornton will present the "School of Excellence" banner to Northrop High School during special celebration at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

National PTA has recognized Northrop and Northrop PTSA as the first “School of Excellence” nationwide for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. More than 40 years of research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and the fabric of entire communities grows stronger. National PTA launched its “School of Excellence” program to help PTAs across the country strengthen family-school partnerships and make measurable progress together in the areas of education, health and safety, and arts and cultural exploration. Being recognized as a National PTA “School of Excellence” demonstrates a school and PTA’s commitment to working together to ensure all families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success and school improvement.

In addition to being honored as the first National PTA “School of Excellence,” Northrop PTSA also was recognized by National PTA with the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award for 2013. The award honors PTAs that have put strong practices into place to involve parents and families into the lives of their schools. Northrop PTSA was selected to receive the award from PTAs across the country.

The “School of Excellence” banner presentation will be held prior to the Northrop PTSA College and Career Night, which will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Northrop.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.