California Exemplary Dual Enrollment AwardRecognizes 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.
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.
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)
- Integration with college and district plans and frameworks
- Dual credit for high school graduation
- Outcome data
- Student supports
2024–25 Request for Applications
|Request for Applications (DOCX)||Announcement and instructions for the Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award.|
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|