Five Star Award

Due to COVID-19, the Florida Department of Education has temporarily suspended the Five Star School Awards for the 2020 - 2021 academic year. For questions or more information, please contact Stacey Oak, District Volunteer Program Coordinator, by phone at (561) 738-2870 or by email at

What is the Five Star School Award?

The Five Star Award designates and recognizes schools that have total community involvement. There are five separate areas which cumulatively create a school deserving of this recognition. The areas that encompass this award are Community/Business Partnership, Family Involvement, Volunteers, Student Community Service, and School Advisory Council. The criteria set out in each area are reasonable, although some are tougher than others. However, all requirements set high expectations for exemplary achievement. After completion of the application and portfolio, those schools which receive a school grade of “C” or higher or a school improvement status of “maintaining or commendable” will be awarded the Five Star School status. The Five Star School Award is a prestigious distinction that is highly desirable in the community and in all school districts throughout the State.

What is the incentive for the Five Star School Award?

Schools that achieve the Five Star School Award will receive a Certificate of Designation from the State, the highest possible rating from the Department of Education. The School District of Palm Beach County holds a Five Star Recognition Breakfast at the beginning of the school year to honor these schools where they are presented with a certificate and a Five Star flag to proudly display on their campus. 

The School District of Palm Beach County