Monterey Highlands Elementary School Named a National PTA School of Excellence

Monterey Highlands Elementary School was recently recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence for the 2017-2019 school years. The National PTA’s School of Excellence Program supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools that work to improve the educational experience and school environment for every child. “This recognition acknowledges the hard work and commitment of Monterey Highlands Elementary PTA to build strong family-school partnerships,” stated Sonya Laska, Monterey Highlands Elementary PTA President. “We’ve worked hard to identify areas of strength as well as areas of improvement in our school community and are honored to be recognized as a 2017-19 National PTA School of Excellence.”


The National PTA provides guidance to assist schools in engaging families in the school decision-making process, and helps schools build inclusive policies related to education, health, safety or the arts. Since its recognition as a 2014-16 School of Excellence, Monterey Highlands Elementary PTA has focused on improving family engagement in education. The six areas where Monterey Highlands Elementary School made real progress were in welcoming all families, communicating more effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, including parents in the decision-making process, and collaborating with the community. “Monterey Highlands Elementary School is one of just eleven schools in California, and one of 141 schools nationwide, who received this award,” stated Suzie Lee, Monterey Highlands Elementary PTA Secretary. “There is a real commitment by our PTA to continually improve our school. We are proud to play a vital role in the continued success of Monterey Highlands Elementary School.”