recognizing excellence in continuing improvement
Exemplary School designation is issued to individual schools in recognition of excellence in their efforts to evaluate strategically their purpose, operations, and educational programs. The design of the evaluation for Exemplary School designation is based on the short version of the Guide to Assessing Your School, a document jointly created by the Arts Schools Network and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre‐collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS) as a way to assist arts school personnel with important responsibilities for planning, evaluating, and implementing effective organizational development. The Guide is an assessment tool that uses questions based on ACCPAS accreditation standards.
When a school is designated as an Exemplary School, it is not only recognized for improvement efforts, but it also gains positive exposure that helps in fundraising, advocacy, and networking. The selection process builds on the ASN partnership with ACCPAS.
Other features of designation include:
• Article in the ASN e-news
Timeline for Exemplary School Applications
February 15 register indicating intent to apply/nominate by completing the form on the "Register Your School Today" button above, this allows for us to provide support one month ahead of deadline if needed
March 15 deadline for all submissions/uploads
April 15 deadline for adjudication
May 15 deadline for notifying new designees and schools that were not selected
Applications are submitted and adjudicated in the spring of a calendar year, recognized at our annual conference in the fall of the same calendar year, and hold the designation for the following two calendar years. Schools earning the Exemplary School designation during 2013 will hold recognized status through 2015.
The Exemplary School designation is renewable. If you wish to apply to renew your Exemplary School Designation click here to download Renewal Application.