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The portal to submit your Exemplary School application is now OPEN!       

View application requirements:

Exemplary School Program – How to Apply

This booklet explains the application process, which provides a basic framework for your own strategic evaluation of the entire range of your school’s purpose, operations, and educational programs. Completing the evaluation enables you to develop comprehensive information for planning for improvement and determining the technical and tactical resources your organization needs.

You will be asked to provide a four-page narrative summarizing the conclusions of your comprehensive school evaluation, along with a list of supporting materials.

The criteria:

Your resource for self-evaluation is A Guide to Assessing Your Arts Schools, which was created by the Arts Schools Network and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS) to help school personnel plan, evaluate, and implement effective organizational development. The Guide is an assessment tool that uses questions based on ACCPAS accreditation standards.

2018 Program timeframe:

February 1, 2018:  Annual Application/Nomination Portal Opens 

April 15, 2018:  Application/Nomination deadline - EXTENDED

May 15, 2018:  Award Winner notification

Oct. 23-26, 2018:  October Recognition Presentation at 2018 National Conference, Santa Ana, CA, 

Fees:  The application fee is $205 which may be paid by credit card through the online portal.

Qualifications: Applicants must be ASN member schools in good standing.

Note: While the designation indicates exemplary practice, it does not represent or replace any accreditation or certification of schools or their programs. From ACCPAS’s inception, ASN has been involved in drafting and revising accreditation standards; it continues to support ACCPAS in developing and implementing its accreditation system. ASN encourages member schools to pursue accreditation, if they deem it appropriate, as a means of developing and recognizing the achievements of the institution.

Exemplary School News: Exemplary School designations have been extended to five years, starting from the 2017 honorees. This designation was formerly a two-year distinction. After careful review, the ASN Exemplary Schools committee deemed that a five-year distinction is more in line with schools needs, abilities, and resources, and more comparable to other association and accreditation time frames.