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ASN’s Exemplary School Designation
ASN designates Exemplary Schools in recognition of outstanding efforts in strategically evaluating their purpose, operations, plans, and educational programs. The Exemplary School application process provides a framework for comprehensive review through a series of questions that explore the entire range of a school’s purpose and operations. Completing the application enables you to develop comprehensive information for planning for improvement and determining the technical and tactical resources your organization needs.
Those schools that submit an application for recognition and meet ASN’s criteria for exemplary practice are awarded an Exemplary School designation, symbolizing their commitment to excellence. A designated ASN Exemplary School obtains the following benefits or rights:
- Recognition on the ASN website, in the national ASN conference program, and at the conference Awards Program
- Engraved bronze medallion and printed certificate
- Prepared news release
- ASN Exemplary School Logo
- ASN e-news feature story
To achieve and maintain Exemplary School status through ASN, the school must be a member in good standing (current membership dues paid and timely renewal received). Designation lasts for two years. Designated schools may complete an abbreviated application for an additional two year extension, but must submit a full application to continue the designation beyond four years.
“I think the ASN Exemplary School process serves many purposes. It is a helpful tool to gather information in a format that can be used for accreditation, grants, publicity materials, District reports and annual reports, just to name a few. It can also, if used correctly, energize your community around key issues like fund-raising, event production and especially in crafting new mission and vision statements. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, as a living document the Exemplary School write-ups can become a powerful vehicle for comprehensive school improvement and continuous growth.” ~Donn K. Harris, Executive Director of the Institute for Creativity and the Arts, San Francisco Unified School District, CA; Chairman, California Arts Council
“The [ASN Exemplary School application] exercise was incredibly productive. I would encourage every school to go through the process. It raised more relevant questions and caused us to re-evaluate our approaches. Interestingly, I received some push-back about the need for change given our successes … your self-assessment made the team realize that we owed it to our faculty, students and community to always keep moving and changing.” ~Scott Walker, Principal, Las Vegas Academy for the Arts
Jackie Collins, Principal, Idaho Arts Charter School, Nampa, ID
Daryl Ward, Ph.D., Principal, Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland, FL