Presidential Academic Excellence Awards





Principals and teachers have found that students do their best when we expect the best from them. Specific goals and high aspirations encourage our young people to learn more and at much higher levels.

Honoring student achievement and hard work is the purpose of the President's Education Awards Program. Since 1983, the program has provided individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education to those students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence. Each year, thousands of elementary, middle, and high schools participate by recognizing deserving students.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The awards include a certificate signed by the President, the Secretary of Education, ad the school principal.

Students receiving this award must have a grade point average of 90 on a 100 point scale (an A- on a letter scale or a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale). In addition to this the students must have obtained an 85th percentile or higher in math or reading OR be recommended from a teacher plus one other staff member.

Forty-six Presidential Academic Excellence Awards were conferred on the graduates of the Riverside Elementary School in Suwanee, Georgia, on May 25, 2004.