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.

For the first time, Healthy Schools PA is proud to offer a student version of the Healthy Schools Report Card! To download the student checklist, click here.

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

Emerging Schools
Schools that have completed at least 15 activities on the report card.

Canon McMillan School District (’18), Bethlehem-Center School District (’19), Tenth Street Elementary School (’19)

Honor Roll
Schools that have completed at least 30 activities on the report card.
Hance Elementary School (’19), Mt. Lebanon High School (’16), Regency Park Elementary (’17/’18), Plum Borough School District (’18), Pittsburgh Public Schools (’19), South Fayette School District (’19), Steel Valley School District (’18/’19), Verner Elementary School (’19)

High Honor Roll
Schools that have completed at least 50 activities on the report card.

Acmetonia Elementary School (’18), Arsenal Middle School (’16), Colfax Elementary School (’18), Eden Hall Upper Elementary School (’17/’18), Environmental Charter School (’16/’17), Gateway School District (’16), Greenock Elementary School (’16/’17), Kiski Area Upper Elementary School (’17), Kiski Area High School (’16/’17),  Propel Braddock High School (’16), Shady Side Academy (’17),  Spectrum Charter School (’16, ’18), Springdale High School (’18), Wexford Elementary School (’16/’17)

High Honor Roll with Distinction
Schools that have completed at least 75 activities on the report card.
Mt. Lebanon High School (’18), Wexford Elementary School (’18), Eden Hall Upper Elementary School (’19)

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.

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. A student version of the Report Card is now available. Completion of the student workbook will add 10 additional points to an applicant’s submission.

There are also three levels of honors recognition beyond participation:

Emerging School
Schools who have begun to take steps towards becoming a Healthy School by participating in the checklist.

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

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

Areas of Focus

The Healthy Schools Recognition Program uses the ‘Whole-School Sustainability Framework’, an approach that highlights the three essential aspects of school sustainability: Physical Place, Educational Program, and Organizational Culture. We’ve further broken down that framework to be reflected in these 6 areas:

  • School Sustainability (containing six subcategories of Air, Water, Energy, Waste, Transportation, and Health and Wellness)
  • 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.