Principal Michael Wilson and his Glen Iris Elementary faculty, staff, and students are finalists for the 2013 National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) recognizes high-performing urban schools that generate strong test results, high attendance rates, and excellent student behavior.  Glen Iris is one of only 17 schools in the nation receiving this outstanding recognition.

To become eligible for the NCUST Award, schools must have high numbers of low-income students who test above the state average for each student demographic group.  In addition, each qualified school must have high attendance rates, no selective admission policies, low suspension and expulsion rates, high graduation rates, and evidence of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.