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To help urban school districts and their partners transform urban schools into places where all students achieve academic proficiency, evidence a love of learning, and graduate well prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the workplace, and their communities.

Building Student Support

In high-performing schools, students have prompt access to efficient and effective support systems that address their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Our Three Initiatives

NCUST engages in three connected initiatives.

First, we award some of the nation’s highest performing urban schools. After an extensive review of student data, followed by comprehensive on-site visits, we identify typical urban public and public charter schools that achieve impressive results for every demographic group of students.

Second, we conduct a national symposium during which we celebrate our award
winners and highlight their best practices. Our symposium is a special conference for all urban educators focusing on America’s best urban schools. In 2017, the Symposium will be held in Nashville, TN on May 15th through 17th.

Third, we provide intensive support programs to urban schools and districts that are eager to emulate the best practices of America’s best urban schools.


Identifying, recognizing, and studying America’s best urban schools


Bringing together urban education leaders to connect with and learn from top-performing schools


Working intensively with school and district leaders to help
them emulate the practices found in America’s best urban schools

 "We can whenever, and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need, in order to do this. Whether we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.”

                                                                                - Ron Edmonds






Award winning schools