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.

2020 Program

The deadline for submissions for the 2020 program is Tuesday, February 18, 2020.


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:

2019 “Decade of Excellence” Winners
HI Moanalua High School
IL Columbia High School
MA Westborough High School
NV Arbor View High School
NV Elko High School
NV Sandy Valley School (ML Council)
NV Spring Valley High School
OK Broken Bow High School
OK Del City High School
OK Putnam City North High School
PA Interboro High School
TX Ed Irons Middle School

See all the 2019 winners