ACSA believes every student deserves equal opportunities to succeed. On every school day throughout California, dedicated educators and courageous students overcome tremendous obstacles to reach their goals of academic excellence.
Their success is our success; their powerful stories are our inspiration.
Each year, ACSA recognizes 19 pre-K to adult students, one from each geographic region, as well as two California adult education students, for overcoming the odds and achieving success.
The purpose of this award is to honor students at all grade levels (pre-K to adult education) who have succeeded against all odds, beyond expectations or simply won the hearts of the administrators and other educators who helped them achieve their goals. One student from each region will be honored.
Nominees should be students who have made a special effort to succeed and have overcome obstacles such as:
Returning to school
Leaving a gang
Improving their attendance
Changing their attitude
Overcoming physical and mental barriers
They should also be active in:
After school programs
Student conflict resolution
Nominees can come from programs such as: