Principals' Memo #1016-12

Department of Education

September 25, 2012

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  2013 National Excellence in Urban Education Award

The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) is accepting nomination applications for the National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and alternative schools that have the greatest evidence of academic excellence for every demographic group of students they serve. Schools should be urban public and public charter schools that serve low-income communities, do not use selective admission criteria, and have achievement results that exceed state averages for all students. School divisions in Virginia are invited to nominate schools for this award.

To be eligible for consideration, schools must meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the guidelines at the following Web site: All applicants that meet the criteria will be recognized as 2013 Honor Roll Schools on the NCUST Web site and will receive an NCUST Certificate for meeting the rigorous 2013 high-performing urban school criteria.

NCUST will host a webinar to provide information about the application process to school and district leaders, on October 4, 2012. For more information about the application or the upcoming webinar, please call 619-594-7905 or e-mail or

On December 7, 2012, NCUST will identify as finalists approximately 25 Honor Roll Schools that show the highest levels of achievement for all students served.  If your school meets the criteria, you are encouraged to complete the application found on the NCUST Web site at Applications are due on November 14, 2012. Additional information about the process or previous winners can also be found at the NCUST Web site.