Apple Distinguished Schools

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres 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, staff members and extended communities 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 has 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 an opportunity to renew each invitation period. The invitation process starts with school leaders from public or private schools requesting an invitation to apply for recognition as an Apple Distinguished School. Requests are reviewed by Apple to ensure your school meets the necessary requirements. Qualified schools will receive an invitation to complete the application process. Contact your local Apple education representative at 0800 692 7753 for additional information about the program, requirements, eligible countries and future deadlines.


  • Established one-to-one program
  • Innovative use of the Apple platform
  • Staff member 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 using Apple products for teaching and learning.

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