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President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP) student recipients are selected annually by their school principal. Last year, PEAP provided individual recognition to nearly three million graduates at the elementary, middle and high school level at more than 30,000 public, private and military schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Outlying Areas (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Students receive a certificate and schools receive a letter signed by the President and U.S. Secretary of Education.

School Year 2017-18 program materials are now available from PEAP’s partners: the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the Association for Middle-Level Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The materials outline how to order certificates before the end of the school year. Certificates are absolutely FREE – and there is no limit.

Please review the list of participating schools at If your local school does not currently participate, please reach out and urge them to do so this year. We want to recognize ALL graduates for their accomplishments.

Background –

PEAP was founded in 1983. Every year since then, the program has provided principals with the opportunity to recognize students who meet high standards of academic excellence, as well as those who have given their best effort – often overcoming obstacles in their learning. Eligible students are selected by their principal under two categories.

Certificate for President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) celebrating academic excellence.        Certificate for President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) celebrating academic achievement.

  • The President’s Award for Educational Excellence recognizes academic success in the classroom. To be eligible, students must meet a few academic requirements, including a high grade point average or other school-set criteria and a choice of either state test performance or teacher recommendations.
  • The President’s Award for Educational Achievement recognizes students that show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment, or intellectual development in their subjects but do not meet the academic criteria above. Its purpose is to encourage and reward students who give their best effort, often in the face of special obstacles, based on criteria developed at each school.

Frances Hopkins is director of the President’s Education Awards Program at the U.S. Department of Education.

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