While we realize that making our schools healthier is its own reward, we also know that it’s important to recognize and celebrate all of the schools and school districts that take positive — and frequently difficult actions — toward improving the well-being of students and teachers.

That’s why we created the annual Healthy School Recognition Program. Here is our list of Healthy Schools:

Honor Roll: Mt. Lebanon High School (’16), Regency Park Elementary (’17)

High Honor Roll: Arsenal Middle School (’16), Eden Hall Upper Elementary (’17), Environmental Charter School (’16/’17), Gateway School District (’16), Greenock Elementary (’16/’17), Kiski Area Upper Elementary (’17), Kiski Area High School (’16/’17), Propel Braddock High School (’16), Shady Side Academy (’17), Spectrum Charter School (’16), Wexford Elementary (’16/’17)

Learn more about last year’s honorees!

Our Goal

To recognize and celebrate public and private schools across Pennsylvania that have taken strides to create a Green and Healthy Learning environment for their school community. This program will help schools begin the process of achieving recognition in the PA Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program.


Open to all public and private K-12 schools and school districts in western and central Pennsylvania.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis until April 22nd. A celebration luncheon will then be held mid-May to honor the awardees.

How to Apply

Everyone partaking in one or more of the activities listed on the Healthy Schools PA Report Card will be distinguished as a participant. Download and print the Report Card, or contact us to request a printed copy.

There are also three levels of honors recognition beyond participation:

Honor Roll
Completion of at least 15 activities listed on the report card

High Honor Roll
Completion of at least 30 activities listed on report card

Chairman’s Highest Honor Roll
Completion of at least 75 activities listed on report card

Areas of Focus

  • School Sustainability (containing six subcategories)
  • School Grounds
  • Community Engagement
  • Curriculum Integration
  • Administration (containing four subcategories)

Healthy Schools Checklist

“The checklist gave us benchmarks to reach, which was really helpful!”

Dr. Rick Walsh, Principal, Wexford Elementary
May 2017

“The checklist has given us ideas of other initiatives we can start, like a rain garden. That’s on our list for next year!” 

Alison Bresnahan, Science Teacher/Environmental Club, Kiski Area High School
May 2017

Schools must be ready to show that the activity has been completed prior to the deadline.

Every school will receive a Healthy School Recognition Program certificate of participation and decal to display in their school. Healthy Schools PA will keep a record of every school’s report card, so that each year the school may work toward completion of additional activities and perhaps reach a higher designation.

The application needs to include a cover sheet signed by the principal, the completed report card, a summary of the Green and Healthy School activities (not to exceed four pages) and photo files. These photos will be used for public relations purposes in various media for the Healthy Schools Recognition Program.

Get Started

Interested in applying to the program? Download our Healthy Schools Recognition Program application to get started.