National School Recognition Program – Unified Champion Schools

News | April 27th, 2018

Does Your School have What it Takes to be a National Banner Unified Champion School???

A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A National Banner Unified Champion School is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community and include activities/initiative supporting 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.  To view the 10 Standards of Excellence set forth for elementary, middle and high schools, click here: National School Recognition Program Elementary StandardsNational School Recognition Program MS and HS Standards

As of Spring 2018, there are 14 Banner Unified Champion Schools in South Carolina. In the first year, the process was open to only high schools.  Last year, the process opened to middle schools and now elementary schools are also invited to apply for this distinguished recognition. The Application Process to become a Banner Unified Champion School is now open.

2018 Timeline

  • Applications Open: April 2nd at 9am Eastern Time
  • Applications Close: June 1st at 5pm Eastern Time
  • Application Review: June-July
  • School Notification: August-September
  • Applications Re-Open: Spring 2019

To access instructions for applying as well as the application link, please click here:  SOUCS_School Recognition Program_Info Sheet

To learn more about the Banner Recognition Program or to view who is on the National Banner Unified Champion School registry, click here: https://www.specialolympics.org/Sections/What_We_Do/Unified_Champion_Schools/UCS_Banner_Recognition_Program.aspx

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