President Obama could be speaking at High School Commencement, Apply Now!

Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge

UPDATE: The application deadline for the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge has been extended to Friday March 11, 2011. The application has also been streamlined. Schools must submit three short essay questions and readily available student achievement data.

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Kicking Off the 2011 Commencement Challenge!

Applications are open for the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge! The Commencement Challenge invites public high schools across the country to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career, helping America win the future by out-educating our competitors and achieving President Obama’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

The application includes essay questions and statistical information that illustrate how schools are promoting college and career readiness for all students while establishing a culture of student success and academic excellence.  Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 11 at 11:59 pm EST. The winning school will host President Obama as their 2011 commencement speaker.

Submit an application.

The White House has partnered with Viacom and the Get Schooled Foundation to launch the 2011 Commencement Challenge.  In a video launching the challenge, Simon Boehme, the salutatorian from last year’s winning school – Kalamazoo Central High – and current freshman at the University of Michigan, came to the White House to discuss the Commencement Challenge with President Obama. Watch the video above and check out the expanded version here.