Everything You Need to Know About the President’s Education Awards Program

The end of the school year is fast approaching, which means it’s time for school principals to think about the President’s Education Awards Program!

These awards recognize high-performing and high-improving students in the classroom.

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Saykon Toee, a student at Germantown Elementary School in Germantown, Md., shows off her 2013 Educational Excellence Award and congratulatory letter. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education)

Since 1983, PEAP has provided individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education to students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence.

Each year, thousands of elementary, middle, and high school principals participate by recognizing deserving students. The school principal determines the number of qualifying students based on program criteria and verifies the order for awards. There is no limit on the number of awards, as long as students meet the criteria for each award. Award orders can only be placed by a school administrator.

The program has two recognition categories: The President’s Award for Educational Excellence and The President’s Award for Educational Achievement. The award includes a certificate and congratulatory letter signed by the President, the Secretary of Education, and the school principal. School principals have final authority to determine which students receive an award.

Last year, nearly 3 million students from over 30,000 schools were recognized by the PEAP. 1.7 million students were honored for educational excellence and 1.1 million were cited for outstanding educational achievement.

Get more information about the program and how to apply.

Dorothy Amatucci is a digital engagement strategist at the U.S. Department of Education.

2 Comments

  1. you may want to fix the spelling of education

    Saykon Toee, a student at Germantown Elementary School in Germantown, Md., shows off her 2013 Educational Excellence Award and congratulatory letter. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Edcuation)

  2. Can a Individual go to a school and recommend a student? I am a community leader in my community and encourage education achievement. Know of Children who are A students. Who are deserving of this honor.

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