SchoolsNEXT Awards

Award Call for Submittals Submittal Deadline Awarded
SchoolsNEXT N/A April 1 Regional


Description: The SchoolsNEXT Design Competition offers an opportunity to illustrate the kind of creativity that students bring to the planning and design process. The competition highlights the importance of well-planned, healthy, safe sustainable and resilient schools that foster student and teacher achievement and enhance community vitality. The annual competition, open to middle school students, challenges student teams to design their learning environments to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community. The multi-disciplinary solution requires students to follow a planning process from the concept phase to completion of the project, with thorough documentation.

Award Type: Recognition at Regional; Opportunity to go to International Competition

Scoring Criteria: The design project can be new construction or a renovation project. Teams are encouraged to be creative and have fun. The team may be a classroom or an after-school club program. The School of the Future design juries will consider the following criteria:
  • Development and implementation of planning process
  • Learning environment
  • Physical environment
  • Community engagement

Process & Timeline: The selection of the PNR Regional winner will follow the guidelines for the International competition as closely as possible to minimize duplication of efforts and streamline the process of preparation for teams. Please refer to the Association submission guidelines and evaluation criteria for more detail. Only one team from each Chapter/State/Province is eligible for the Regional competition. It is the responsibility of the Chapters to select the winning team from their State or Province. The PNW Regional competition will be a 2 step process:
  • Step 1: electronic submission for review by the PNR Jury. The jury will select up to 3 finalists for live interviews based on their review of the electronic submissions.
  • Step 2: the PNR Jury will visit each finalist’s school for an in-person presentation by the finalist teams.
    Following the interviews the Jury will evaluate each finalist’s SchoolsNEXT based on the Association's criteria and select the winning team. The Regional winner will be expected to submit for the International competition. Judging for the International competition will occur each year at the International Conference. If travel is required, the Association may provide financial support for the finalist teams.
Regional Competition Schedule:
  • April 1: Regional Electronic Submissions due
  • April 15: Regional Finalist Teams announced
  • May 1: Regional Jury conducts interviews of Finalist Teams.
  • May 15: Regional Winner is announced

Electronic Submission Requirements:
  • Team listing including the names of each team member and contact information (phone & email) for the teacher/advisor (PDF format)
  • 850-word narrative description of the proposed project to help the jurors fully understand the students’ ideas and planning process (PDF format)
  • Presentation that illustrates the concept including plans and other illustrations such as elevations, perspective drawings, 3-dimensional computer modeling and/or photographs of the physical model (PowerPoint or PDF format)
  • 3 to 5-minute video presentation by the project team documenting your rationale and planning process, how you made decisions and features of the project (any standard digital video format)
  • Student and Parental media release forms provided by the Association.
  • Upload the files to the competition website prior to the submission deadline. Send the name of your team and an email contact to [email protected] for uploading instructions.

Interview Requirements: The interview will follow the same format as set forth by the Association for the international competition. The presentation will be limited to 15 minutes followed by a 15 minute question and answer period. The finalist teams are responsible for securing an appropriate venue for their presentation.
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