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Nominations for 2020 High-Flying Schools recognition must be submitted using the following form by December 20, 2019.

Each school selected as a 2020 High-Flying School will receive an invitation and travel honorarium of $1000 per school, hotel room for three nights, and complimentary registration for two people at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference held in Savannah, Georgia at the Hyatt Regency, March 8–11, 2020.

Each school will be recognized at an awards ceremony and will share their school success in a High Flying School Award Presentation on Sunday, March 8, 2020 and a Showcase on Monday, March 9, 2020.

If you are unsure whether your school qualifies, please apply and explain your limitations. Once you have submitted, your application will be reviewed to determine if your school is applicable.

High-Flying Schools Nomination Form

Your Name (required)

Your Affiliation (required)

Your Phone Number (required)

Your Email (required)

Please indicate the name and location of the school you are nominating (required)


The rubric for all items is a graduated score, there are points for partially meeting the criteria.

Criteria: High Achievement (required)
The school ranks in its state at the 75 percentile or higher as evidenced by their state assessment system, or can highlight demonstrable growth, as measured by a research-based assessment system, in closing the achievement gap in a minimum of two academic subjects in at least two grade levels. (Response should be between 300 and 500 words.)

Criteria: Serving Youth At-Risk (required)
The school’s student population is comprised of at least 50% of students who can be described as at-risk (this can include, but is not limited to: living at or below the federal poverty level, high percentage of minority students, homeless students, English learners, Special Education students, large numbers of students with social/emotional needs, etc.). (Response should be between 300 and 500 words.)

Criteria: Community Collaboration (required)
The school fosters productive business/community /higher education partnerships that maximize community resources, support student learning, and address youth-at-risk issues within the school and community including academic, social, emotional, and physical needs. (Response should be between 300 and 500 words.)

Criteria: Citizenship Development (required)
The school provides opportunities for students to develop citizenship skills including experience in civic engagement and service-learning activities. The school seeks to support students in making relevant connections to civic engagement and to one's own participation in civic life, politics, and/or student government. The school seeks to provide opportunities for students to serve others (canned food drives, volunteering) and extends service-learning into the curriculum and/or classroom practices. (Response should be between 300 and 500 words.)

Criteria: Tell Us Why You're a High-Flying School (required)
In approximately 250 words, describe what makes you stand out as a High-Flying School. Be sure to add to the above areas instead of repeating other parts of the application (new information).

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March 8-11, 2020    |    #NYAR20    |    Hyatt Regency    |    Savannah, GA

Last updated: 11/11/2019