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California Purple Star Schools

Recognizing the important role of public schools in supporting military-connected students and their families.

About the Purple Star School Designation

The California Purple Star School Designation Program (Purple Star Program) seeks to reduce the burden on military-connected students and their families by articulating the most critical transition supports for military-connected students and their families by publicly designating schools that meet certain requirements. The program signals which schools are the most committed and best equipped to meet their unique needs.

The Purple Star Program was designed to help mitigate the challenges of high mobility by setting standards for and publicly designating military-friendly schools. The Purple Star Program’s true value derives from its potential to:

  • Centralize and make knowledge accessible,
  • Develop stakeholder networks, and
  • Support schools in cultivating and communicating cultural competency in supporting military-connected families.

California Purple Star Schools

To see the list of designated Purple Star Schools, view the excel file below.

Designated Purple Star Schools (XLSX)

Timeline of Activities

Date Activity
August 1, 2022
Request for Applications Release Date
October 7, 2022
Applications must be received at the California Department of Education (CDE), by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
January 2023
Purple Star School Designations Announced

2022-23 Application

The application deadline for the 2022-23 Purple Star School designation for California schools is October 7, 2022.

Request for Applications (DOCX)

Online Application Survey

Questions:   High School Innovations and Initiatives Office | PurpleStar@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Friday, July 29, 2022