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California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award

Recognizes schools for their exemplary dual enrollment programming that provides opportunities to enroll in and earn college credits while in high school. Schools selected for this award demonstrate quality, equity driven dual enrollment programs.

Program Description

The High School Innovations and Initiatives Office introduced the first annual Exemplary Dual Enrollment Awards Program in the 2022–23 school year. The purpose of this award program is to identify and recognize schools that have exemplary dual enrollment programs and to allow these schools to share their exemplary programs and practices which have contributed to their success. This award will encourage other schools to strengthen and expand their dual enrollment offerings especially associated with inclusion of students of color, socially-economically disadvantaged and first in the family to attend college.

Eligibility Requirements

All Middle College High Schools, Early College High Schools and Alternative Education Schools with dual enrollment are eligible to apply for the 2024–25 California Department of Education (CDE) Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award. Please note — this is a school-based award. Districts may not apply. Comprehensive high schools and early college programs will be eligible to apply for the 2025–26 year. Schools recognized as a California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Awardee will hold the title for two years.

Schools must demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  • College partnership(s)
  • Equity
  • Integration with college and district plans and frameworks
  • Dual credit for high school graduation
  • Outcome data
  • Pathways
  • Student supports

2024–25 Request for Applications

Document Description
Request for Applications (DOCX) Announcement and instructions for the Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award.
Online Application

Exemplary Dual Enrollment Online Application

Note: Application deadline is November 30, 2023

2022–23 California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Awardees

School Name County-District-School (CDS) Code School Principal Name District Name District Superintendent  Name
Arvin High School 15635291530252 Ed Watts Kern High School District Bryon Schaefer
McFarland High School Early College 15739081534155 Dario Diaz McFarland Unified School District Samuel Resendez
Robert F. Kennedy High School 15634120116384 Dolores Rodriguez Delano Joint Union High School District Jason Garcia
Avenal High School 16739321630953 Silvia Maldonado Reef-Sunset Unified School District Pat Sánchez
Rio Linda High School 34765053436979 Paul Orlando Twin Rivers Unified School District Steve Martinez
Delano High School 15634121531672 Shondra Walker Delano Joint Union High School District Shondra Walker
Centennial High School 19734371931567 Bobby Walker Compton Unified School District Darin Brawley
Dominguez High School 19734371932326 Caleb Oliver Compton Unified School District Darin Brawley
Mendocino High School 23655812333185 Tobin Hahn Mendocino Unified School District Jason Morse
Questions:   High School Innovations and Initiatives Office |
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 28, 2023