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The PEAK Award -

(Public Education Achieves in Kentucky)

Nomination Guidelines

The KSBA PEAK Award was established in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts aimed specifically at enhancing student learning skills and, in doing so, to promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in this Commonwealth.

Recognition will come in the following forms:

  • Selection is announced in the Kentucky School Advocate, KSBA's social media and in local and statewide press releases.
  • The unique, engraved PEAK Award statue is presented locally by a delegation from the KSBA Board of Directors and staff.
  • All PEAK Award honored programs are invited to present at KSBA's annual conference.
Entry Rules

Nominations will be accepted only from the local board of education or the district administration. Only programs specifically designed to improve the academic achievement of students will be considered for the PEAK Award. Nominated programs may be districtwide, shared by multiple schools or based at an individual school in the district. Programs already must be in operation; proposals will not be considered as eligible until implemented. Nominated programs should be non-commercial, locally created and innovative. PEAK nominations limited to one entry per district for each judging cycle.

Nominations will consist of the following documents:
  • Program overview from the district with information on the following points:
    • objectives of the program
    • scope of the program (one school, multiple schools, districtwide, number of students involved)  
    • uniqueness of the program 
    • costs and funding source for the program
    • degree of school board involvement
    • an assessment of the progress of the program towards those stated goals (Judges consistently weigh proven program results over anecdotal evidence)

This overview shall be limited to no more than three pages. This portion of the entry will account for 70 percent of the scoring.

  • Three letters of endorsement, specifically listing the reasons for that endorsement, one from each of the following individuals and/or entities:
    • One from a teacher (or teachers) involved in the program. This letter should detail the instructor's impressions on the impact and potential future impact of the program on academic achievement of students involved; and  
    • One from one or more students or parent(s) of students benefiting from the program. This letter should detail the program's helpful impact on the student's academic achievement or improved classroom instruction. 
    • One from a school board member (or school board members). This letter should express the board's support for the program and detail the impact and potential future impact of the program on academic achievement of students. 

Each of these three letters, which must contain the writer's signature, will be judged as part of the entry with points scored for letters demonstrating both a knowledge of the goals and of the progress to date made by the program. Each letter may be no more than two pages. This portion of the entry will account for 30 percent of the scoring (10 percent for each letter). 

No other materials submitted with an entry will be considered as part of the nomination nor will they be passed along for consideration by the panel of judges.

Programs not selected for the PEAK Award in their original cycle automatically will be reconsidered in the next cycle by new panel of judges. Programs not selected after two cycles may be re-nominated, but will not automatically continue under consideration.

Individual districts that previously have received the PEAK Award must wait five years before submitting another nomination. This does not apply if a district was part of a multidistrict-winning entry.

Please make sure you include a point person somewhere in your nomination materials for contest officials to contact.

Nomination Deadline

Information on the next entry deadline will be posted at a later date. 

Service Contact: Matt McCarty

PEAK Honor Roll



Letcher County Schools
Four Rivers Scholarship Program
Harrison County Schools 
Burgin Independent Schools
Carlisle County Schools 
Russellville Independent Schools
Anderson County Schools 
Walton-Verona Independent Schools
Marion County Schools 
Russell Independent Schools
Daviess County Schools 
Owensboro Independent Schools
Campbell County Schools 
Estill County Schools
Providence Independent Schools 
Pulaski County Schools
Logan County Schools 
Hardin County Schools
Johnson County Schools 
Pike County Schools
Kenton County Schools
Bowling Green Independent Schools 
Russell County Schools
Union County Schools
Grant County Schools 
Boyd County Schools
Boone County Schools
Barren County Schools 
Daviess County Schools
Jefferson County Schools
Lincoln County Schools 
Simpson County Schools
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