We know this year may look different but below are some ideas of how to become a Unified Champion School in a virtual environment. As a Unified Champion School, your school promotes inclusion and acceptance by participating in the three components of the Unified Champion Schools Program: Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement. Read more below on how to be recognized as a Special Olympics Northern California Unified Champion School.


A Unified Champion School promotes inclusion and acceptance by participating in three components of Unified Champion Schools:

Unified Sports

Joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In a virtual environment, a Unified Partner can be anyone from your siblings to your parent or guardian.

Inclusive Youth Leadership

Young people with and without disabilities are given opportunities to be leaders in their schools and communities.

Whole School Engagement

Youth-centered, school-focused initiative that activates all students to promote a campus culture of acceptance and social inclusion.


Unified Champion Schools Components



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2021–22 Unified Champion Schools


A.P. Giannini Middle School 

Acalanes High School

Alamo Elementary School  

Alisal High School 

Amador Elementary School

Antelope High School

Antioch High School

Argonaut Elementary School 

Armijo High School 

Arroyo Seco Elementary School 

Bagby Elementary High School 

Balboa High School

Bear Creek High School

Braly Elementary School

Bristow Middle School

Brown (Vencil) Elementary School

Buchanan High School  

Buckeye Elementary School 

Bullard High School  

Burton High School 

Calero High School 

California High School 

Camino High School 

Carson Elementary School

Central High School  

Cesar Chavez Middle School

Clovis East High School 

Clovis High School  

Clovis North High School  

Clovis West High School  

Collins Elementary School

Concord High School  

De Anza High School 

Dianne Feinstein Elementary School

Dolores Huerta Elementary School

Downer Elementary School

Delaine Eastin Elementary School  

Dublin High School 

E.R. Taylor Elementary School 

Edna Hill Middle School  

Edwin Markham Middle School

El Carmelo Elementary School 

El Cerrito High School 

El Dorado High School  

Fairfield High School

Fairmeadow Elementary School 

Foothill High School

Foothill Ranch Middle School 

Forest Hill Elementary School

Foulks Ranch Elementary School

Frances Scott Key Elementary School

Francisco Middle School

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary School

Freedom High School

Glen Park Elementary 

Gold Oak School  

Granite Bay High School 

Grant Elementary School

Hayward High School

Henry M. Gunn High School 

Herbert Hoover High School

Heritage High School   

Hidden Valley Elementary School 

Hillside Elementary School

Highland Elementary School

Hillview Junior High School 

J.C. Crumpton Elementary School 

J. Douglas Adams Middle School 

James Logan High School

John F Kennedy Elementary School

John F. Kennedy High School (Sacramento City Unified School District )

John F. Kennedy High School (West Contra Costa Unified School District)

Juana Briones Elementary School

Lafayette Elementary School

Laguna Creek High School

Laurel Ruff Community Transition

Lawton Alternative School

Liberty High School

Liberty Ranch High School

Lincoln High School (Lincoln Unified School District)

Lincoln High School (San Francisco Unified School District)

Lodi High School

Los Cerros Middle School

Los Gatos Saratoga Adult Transition

Los Medanos Elementary School

Lowell High School

Luther Burbank High School

Lynhaven Elementary School

Marina Children's Center

Marina High School

McLane High School

Menlo School

Mira Loma High School

Mission High School

Mission San Jose High School

Montague Elementary School

Monte Gardens Elementary School

Montgomery High School

Mountain View High School

Mt. Eden High School

Murray Elementary School

North Hillsborough Elementary School

Oakridge High School

Oakmont High School

Ochoa Middle School

Ohlone Elementary School

Ord Terrace Elementary School

Pittsburgh High School

Ponderosa High School

Redwood High School

Rio Vista Elementary School

Riverside Elementary

Rodriguez High School

Rolling Hills Elementary School (Buckeye Elementary School District)

Rolling Hills Elementary School (Campbell Union School District)

Roosevelt High School

Roseville High School

Sacramento State University

San Benito High School

San Ramon High School

Santa Rosa High School

Seaside High School

Shannon Elementary School

Sierra School

Sir Francis Drake High School

Slater (Herbert) Middle School

South San Francisco High School

Stanley Middle School

Steele Lane Elementary School

Sunnyside Elementary School

Sunnyside High School

Tamalpias High School

Terra Linda High School

The Branson High School

The Helix School

Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School

Thurgood Marshall Access Program

Tokay High School

Transition Program Vista Hills

Union Mine High School

Valley View Elementary School

Walt Disney Elementary School

Wells Middle School

West Park High School

West Valley College

Willow Cove Elementary School

Wilson High School

Windsor High School

Windsor Middle School

Woodcreek High School

Woodside High School

Woodside Priority High School

Ygancio Valley High School






A University Massachusetts study indicates the Unified Champion Schools program has measurable positive outcomes for entire campus.


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