National Council of Excellence

Strong Student Councils are essential to strong schools. The National Council of Excellence (NCOE) Awards recognize and celebrate middle and high school Student Councils that meet high standards and demonstrate evidence of student service, leadership, voice, and engagement.

3 Steps to Becoming a National Council of Excellence

  1. Review Award Criteria and Build NCOE Portfolio
  2. Meet with Principal to Present Finished Portfolio
  3. Complete and Submit the Online Application

Timeline

  • Sept. 12, 2023: Application opens

  • Feb. 15, 2024: Submission deadline

  • April 2024: Applicants receive notifications

National Council of Excellence Award recipients receive:

  • Official National Council of Excellence certificate
  • Customizable press release for local news media
  • School name in the winners’ list published on the National Student Council website
  • Eligibility to purchase special NCOE recognition items
  • A special National Council of Excellence seal for school websites and electronic or print communications

“The National Council of Excellence gives advisers, like me, a blueprint for what our councils should be doing, for how our students should be leaders in our communities and for giving us a guide in meeting common standards of excellence in leadership.”

Susan Waldrep
NatStuCo Adviser, Texas High School
Texarkana, TX

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