March 13, 2017
Mr. Carlos Ferralls, Principal
Doral Academy Charter High School
Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy High School
11100NW 27th St
Doral, FL 33172
Dear: Mr. Ferralls,
Congratulations! Your school is one of 27 winners of the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Award. Among the thousands of urban schools in the nation, yours is among the few that met all of our rigorous eligibility criteria. We selected your school as a winner because you demonstrated through multiple indicators that your school is achieving impressive academic results for every demographic group you serve. Our site-visit team validated that your school is truly one of America’s best urban schools! The site-visit teams had the incredibly difficult task of determining which finalist schools presented the greatest evidence of strength in four areas: curricular rigor, instructional effectiveness, relational quality, and continuous improvement efforts. The team found considerable evidence of these strengths at your school; therefore, your school has been selected as one of only 14 schools that will receive either the Silver Award or the Gold Award at the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.
The event will be held on May 16th and 17th at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. We will pay travel expenses and registration for you and one other educator from your school to attend the symposium. (Please see the attached packet regarding travel and registration information.) As an award winner, you are expected to present a session at the symposium. Educators from across the nation will be eager to learn more about what your school has done to ensure the academic success of your students. Also, at the symposium, your school will be recognized at our awards ceremony on May 16th. At the award ceremony, you will receive a large banner announcing that your school is a winner of the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Award. Also, your school will receive a check in the amount of at least $2,500. Silver Award winners will receive $2,500 checks and Gold Award winners will receive $5,000 checks. Only four schools will be designated as Gold Award winners. We will not release the names of the Gold Award winners until the symposium. As a Silver or Gold Award winner, you will be recognized at a special reception in honor of our awardees. We will work with your district to develop special media releases to inform your community about your outstanding accomplishments. In addition to all of this, you are invited to nominate up to five of your school’s students for our student speech contest, and you will have the opportunity to nominate one of your school volunteers for our school volunteer award. (Information about the speech contest and the volunteer award program is included in the attached packet.) Clearly, you can be proud of your school’s designation as a Silver or Gold Award winner. You join an elite group of 145 schools that can claim to have been recognized as a winner of the America’s Best Urban Schools Award. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in Nashville.
Please review the attached pages carefully to make sure that you complete each document by the due date.
There is a limited amount of time before the symposium, and we want to make sure that we include your school fully. Congratulations!
Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D.