National PTA has recognized Dripping Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs Elementary PTA (DSE PTA) and Sycamore Springs Middle School and Sycamore Springs Middle School PTA (SSMS PTA) as  2020-2022 Schools of Excellence for their accomplishments in building a strong, effective family-school partnership that is enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

“We are thrilled to honor the accomplishments of Dripping Springs Elementary and DSE PTA and Sycamore Springs Middle School and SSMS PTA,” said Anna King, president of National PTA. “Their efforts have made a positive impact for all students, families and their school, which has been and continues to be more important than ever, especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

National PTA’s School of Excellence program is a year-long commitment to improving family-school partnerships. Throughout the year, PTAs and schools collect feedback from their school communities to create and implement plans of action to make a difference for every child. Through the School of Excellence program, PTAs and families become key partners in decision-making and school improvement efforts. The program opens the lines of communication and critical thinking within school communities to make data-drive decisions that yield positive, long-term results.

“It has been especially critical to have open lines of communication, strong family-school partnerships and families as key partners in decision-making process during the COVID-19 pandemic. We must continue to keep these practices going in the new school year to address learning gaps experienced during the pandemic and support students’ social and emotional needs,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA’s School of Excellence program can help strengthen or rebuild family-school partnerships while we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and ensure students, families and schools have what they need to thrive.” 

Dripping Springs Elementary and DSE PTA and Sycamore Springs Middle School and SSMS PTA are two of only 351 PTAs and schools nationwide to be designated a 2020-2022 School of Excellence. Both PTAs worked with their school administration, staff, teachers and community to identify areas to improve and embarked on a yearlong mission to make their communities stronger.

To celebrate their achievements, National PTA presented Dripping Springs Elementary and DSE PTA, and Sycamore Springs Middle School and SSMS PTA with a certificate and a National PTA School of Excellence banner to hang in their school. For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit




Graduating Seniors have the opportunity for TWO different PTA-based scholarships. 

  1. Dripping Springs High School PTSA Scholarship - Dripping Springs High School PTSA offers four (4) $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who were PTSA members as of 12.31.20 who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited college, university or technical institute in the summer or fall semester immediately following applicant’s high school graduation. Senior PTSA members have been previously sent the application, due April 16th.  The Scholarship full guidelines and application is again linked here. 
  2. Dripping Springs Elementary PTA Scholarship - Dripping Springs Elementary PTA grants two $500 scholarships annually. Applications are due April 15th. The requirements are:
    * Applicant must be a graduating senior of Dripping Springs High School.
    * Applicant must plan to be enrolled full time in an accredited university Fall 2021.
    * Applicant must have attended Dripping Springs Elementary at least 3 years. The full application can be found here.