National Councils of Excellence

Excellence deserves recognition.

Middle level and high school student councils that consistently provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities can earn national recognition through National Student Council’s National Council of Excellence (NCOE) program.

There are two levels of recognition: A student council achieves a National Council of Excellence Award when it has demonstrated that it meets all the National Student Council requirements, and the National Gold Council of Excellence award is awarded to those councils that demonstrate the highest levels of leadership as well as meet additional standards as set by NatStuCo.

These awards distinguish outstanding student councils by guiding student leaders and their faculty advisers through a process featuring standards-based criteria and demonstration-based outcomes, reflecting more than 80 years of expertise in student council and leadership programming.

2018-19 Program


Student councils that earn a National Council of Excellence Award receive:

  • A National Council of Excellence certificate proclaiming their achievement
  • An official letter from National Student Council recognizing and congratulating student leaders and the school
  • A press release that can be customized for local news media
  • Inclusion of their school name in the winners’ list published on the National Student Council website
  • Recognition during the NatStuCo National Conference (Winning schools are displayed during the conference and delegates from winning schools will receive official National Council of Excellence ribbons)
  • Eligibility to purchase special recognition items designed specifically for National Council of Excellence award winners
  • A special National Council of Excellence winners’ seal in JPG format for placement on school websites and in electronic or print communications.

Congratulations to the councils celebrating their 10th year of being named National Councils of Excellence:

  • Murrieta Valley High School, CA
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, CA
  • Vista Murrieta High School, CA
  • Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, GA
  • Bettendorf High School, IA
  • Sioux City North High School, IA
  • Minnechaug Regional High School, MA
  • Fort Zumwalt East High School, MO
  • Margaret Buerkle Middle School, MO
  • Advanced Technologies Academy, NV
  • Basic Academy of International Studies, NV
  • Cimarron-Memorial High School, NV
  • Legacy High School, NV
  • Sandy Valley High School, NV
  • Shadow Ridge High School, NV
  • Southeast Career Technical Academy, NV
  • Sunrise Mountain High School, NV
  • Pinkerton Academy, NH
  • Neptune High School, NJ
  • Canandaigua Academy, NY
  • Putnam City North High School, OK
  • Westmoore High School, OK
  • Travelers Rest High School, SC
  • Irvin High School, TX
  • McAllen Memorial High School, TX
  • Texas High School, TX
  • Grassfield High School, VA
  • Oconto Falls High School, WI