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America’s Best Urban Schools for 2014!

NCUST congratulates the 16 Winners of the 2014 NCUST Excellence in Urban Education Awards!

To date NCUST has recognized 94 elementary, middle, and high schools across the nation. These urban schools serve low-income communities, have multiple challenges; yet, they have outstanding evidence of academic achievement for all students. Winning schools contribute to an ever-growing effort to understand how educators can create excellent urban schools for all students. Our team visited each finalist school, observing and recording educational practices first hand. While the majority of the finalist schools demonstrated great effort and accomplishment in providing quality education, the winning schools went above and beyond their peers in developing truly amazing learning environments.

The Silver Award schools receive a check for $2,500 and are eligible to be selected as the Gold Award school in their category (elementary, middle, high-school). Recipients of the Gold Award in each category are announced at the symposium and receive a total of $5,000 to support educational efforts.

Congratulations to all of the award-winning schools, you represent the best hope for America’s future and provide a shining example for all.


Magnet Traditional School
Phoenix ESD AZ K-8
EJE Elementary Academy
Cajon Valley Union School District
(Charter School)
CA K-5
Thurgood Marshall Academy DC Public Schools DC 9-12
West Manor Elementary School Atlanta Public Schools GA K-5
Revere High School
Revere Public Schools MA 9-12
Mallard Creek High School Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Public Schools
NC 9-12
Self Enhancement Inc., Academy Portland Public Schools (Charter School) OR 6-8
Eastwood Middle School Ysleta ISD TX 7-8


Hillside University Demonstration School San Bernardino City Schools CA K-6
George Washington Elementary Chicago Public Schools IL P-8
Escontrias Elementary Socorro ISD TX 1-5
Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary Houston ISD TX P-5
George I. Sanchez Elementary Houston ISD TX P-5
Park Place Elementary School Houston ISD TX P-5
Thompson Intermediate Pasadena ISD TX 7-8
Preston Park Elementary School Roanoke Public Schools VA P-5