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Public School Directory Style Sheet

The California Department of Education’s standards for reporting Directory information, such as school/district names, email, web, and physical/mailing addresses, and personnel titles.

School Names and District Names

  • Omit “School District” from district names.
  • Omit “School” from school names except when it falls in the middle of a name (e.g., “Corona School of the Arts”).
  • Omit “The” from school names except when it falls in the middle of a name (e.g., “Corona School of the Arts”).
  • If initials are used for schools named after a person, include a space between initials.

E-mail Addresses, Web Addresses, and Physical and Mailing Addresses

  • Lowercase all e-mail addresses.
  • Lowercase all Web addresses. Use “http://” only when a Web address does not begin with “www.”
  • Include mailing address only when it differs from the physical address.
  • For numbered street names, spell out the numbers one through ten (e.g., “Ninth St.”). Use numerals for all others (e.g., 13th St.).
  • For street addresses, always use numerals (e.g., 1 Washington Sq.).
  • Post office boxes or drawers must be abbreviated without periods and without spaces between the “P” and the “O” (e.g., PO Box).
  • Use the following abbreviations in street names:
    • Avenue Ave.*
    • Avenues Aves.
    • Boulevard Blvd.*
    • Building Bldg.
    • Center Ctr.*
    • Circle Cir.
    • Court Ct.
    • Drive Dr.
    • Floor Fl.
    • Highway Hwy.*
    • Lane Ln.
    • Parkway Pkwy.
    • Place Pl.
    • Road Rd.
    • Roads Rds.
    • Route Rt.*
    • Room Rm.
    • Square Sq.
    • Street St.
    • Streets Sts.
    • Suite Ste.

    * Exceptions: Do not abbreviate if the word falls in the middle of the street name (e.g., “1340 Avenue 36,” “619 Highway 135”). Do not abbreviate Mount, Plaza, Saint, Terrace, or Way.

  • Spell out compass points in all cases (e.g., “490 North Hollywood Dr.,” “1920 Main St. East”).

School and School District Personnel

  • Prefixes and suffixes should not be typed into a name (first, middle, or last) or title field. Use the appropriate dropdown menu for prefix or suffix, as needed.
  • Follow the standard format for district personnel, for example: Director, Curriculum and Instruction (rather than Director of Curriculum & Instruction).
  • If initials are used in a name, place a period after the initial. If more than one initial is used, include a space between initials.
  • Use the following open and closed compounds for job titles:
    • Open Compounds
      • Coordinator in Charge
      • Interim Superintendent
      • Teacher in Charge
      • Vice Chancellor
      • Vice President
      • Vice Principal
    • Closed Compounds
      • Codirector
      • Coprincipal
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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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