The National Education Policy Center seeks to identify and recognize excellent public high schools that actively strive to close opportunity gaps by engaging in practices that build on students’ strengths, thereby creating engaging and supported learning opportunities for all their students.
The Schools of Opportunity that we recognize will serve as models, informing and inspiring the efforts of educators and communities throughout the US to become high schools that promote both excellence and equity.
We are inviting you to nominate your school. The application is open to any school serving at least grades 10 through 12.
All schools are encouraged to apply, and we strongly encourage applications from schools serving communities of color and communities with higher rates of poverty.
As we begin this new project, we look forward to working with interested principals and teachers.
The application process is designed to allow you to explain how and why your school should be recognized, and we will provide any assistance needed to help nominators easily complete and submit their information.
Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post column will recognize Schools of Opportunity much as Jay Mathews has done with his “Challenge Index” schools list.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com at any point throughout the process with questions or requests for assistance.