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CLAS Banner School/Schools of Distinction

CLAS Banner School Award

by Alyssa Godfrey | Apr 03, 2015
The CLAS Banner School Award originated in 2001 with the purpose to identify, recognize, and publicize schools with outstanding educational programs which serve as models across our state. Recognition is among all State Board districts with three exemplary schools selected from each district as a CLAS School of Distinction, resulting in twenty-four CLAS Schools of Distinction. Eight Banner Schools will be selected from the Schools of Distinction, one from each State Board district. The twenty-four CLAS Schools of Distinction are celebrated at an Awards Luncheon where the eight Banner Schools are announced. The honored principals and superintendents are recognized and presented with a CLAS banner to display in their school signifying this distinguished honor.


  • To identify, recognize, and publicize exemplary program(s) within Alabama schools

The Banner School Process

  • Superintendents nominate exemplary schools with unique, student-centered programs which have shown proven success through the 2017-2018 school year
  • Application information sent to nominated principals
  • CLAS Banner School electronic application due to CLAS on or before October 21, 2018.
  • Recognition among all State Board districts
  • District Selection Team application review within each State Board district
  • Three exemplary schools recognized as a CLAS School of Distinction from each State Board district; 24 CLAS Schools of Distinction across the state
  • 8 CLAS Banner Schools selected by an external review team; one from each State Board district
  • Recognition of 2018 Banner Schools: Awards Luncheon, media release, CLAS School Leader magazine, CLAS website, and Convention congratulations  

Banner School Selection Criteria

  • Provides all principal and superintendent contact information
  • Provides all requested information
  • Describes unique student-centered program
  • Focus is on 2017-2018 program activities
  • Evidences explicit activities which demonstrate an outstanding program
  • Includes substantiated evidence of specific evaluation information used to determine program success through 2017-2018

Program Information
Scoring Rubric
2017 Banner School and Schools of Distinction Recipients
Listing of Past Banner School Recipients
Banner School Recordings

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