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National Banner Recognition

What is a NatioNAL Banner School?

A National Banner School* is a Special Olympics Unified Champion School demonstrating commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence while incorporating all three component strategies.
During the application review process, school applications are reviewed in two stages: first by state Program staff and then by a national Certifying Body of key educational leaders.
The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools should also be able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.

Qualifying Criteria

Unified Sports

  • Practice sports with Unified athletes and peers via Zoom
  • Host a Young Athlete Day
  • Inclusive PE class
  • Unified Fitness

Inclusive Youth Leadership

  • Inclusive Buddy Club
  • Inclusive student council involvement
  • Facetime with a friend for a social hour
  • School Youth Activation Committee

Whole School Engagment

  • Virtual respect campaing
  • Ability awareness activity
  • Virtual athlete speaker
  • Inclusive schools week

National Banner Recognition schools

  • Alta Murrieta Elementary School
  • Chaparral High School
  • Fillmore High School
  • Mission Viejo High School
  • Murrieta Mesa High School
  • Murrieta Valley High School
  • Ocean View High School
  • Robinson Elementary School
  • Temecula Valley High School
  • Trabuco Hills High School
  • Trabuco Mesa Elementary School
  • UCLA
  • Vista Murrieta High School
  • Warm Springs Middle School
  • Warren High School
  • Westminster High School
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