Apple Distinguished Schools

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of leadership and educational excellence ​that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology — and we believe they are some of the most innovative schools in the world.​

A culture of continuous innovation.

Apple Distinguished School leaders, faculty, and the extended community have a clear vision for how their technology-rich environments support learning goals. School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation that include culture, team, capacity, community, finance, and measurement. Supporting their school’s vision is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice, and improvement along the way. They use iPad and Mac products to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. And they cultivate environments in which students are excited and curious about learning.

728 Schools
36 Countries

Learn more about how each of our Apple Distinguished Schools have created amazing learning experiences using Apple products.

Read their stories

Becoming an Apple Distinguished School.

The Apple Distinguished School program is by invitation only for schools that meet the current program qualifications. Recognition is for three years, with the opportunity to renew during each invitation period. The invitation process begins with an application request from school leadership. Apple reviews all requests to ensure that schools meet the current program qualifications. Qualified schools then receive an invitation to complete the application process.


  • Established one-to-one program
  • Innovative use of the Apple platform
  • Faculty proficiency with iPad or Mac
  • Documented results

Learn more to apply (PDF)

Opportunities for school leaders

The Apple Distinguished School program supports school leaders through leadership events, opportunities to engage with experts, and collaboration with peers who share an interest in innovative learning and teaching.

Apple Teacher

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators in using Apple products for teaching and learning.

Learn more about Apple Teacher