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.​

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.

Explore Apple Distinguished Schools worldwide.

Apple Distinguished Schools readily share their achievements by collaborating with Apple teams to host on-site educator visits. At these events, school leaders demonstrate their vision for learning with Apple technology, and educators showcase best practices for using iPad, Mac, apps, Multi-Touch books, and other digital materials to create powerful learning experiences. If you’re interested in learning more from an Apple Distinguished School, explore the stories below using the drop-down fields to find a school near you.

400 Schools
29 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 two years, with an opportunity to renew each invitation period. The invitation process starts with school leaders from K–12 public and private schools requesting an invitation to apply for recognition as an Apple Distinguished School. Requests are reviewed by Apple to ensure that your school meets the necessary requirements. Qualified schools will receive an invitation to complete the application process. Contact your local Apple education representative for additional information about program details, requirements, eligible countries, and future deadlines.


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

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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.