Purple Star Designation

Purple Star Award: New Schools Announced!

Logo for Purple Star AwardThe Purple Star Award recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on site.

A school will be honored with the Purple Star Award if it completes all the required activities, plus one optional activity, listed below. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and the Adjutant General, helps decide a school’s eligibility for the award.


Current Honorees

Class of 2021 (Round 9)

Purple Star in the News


Past Honorees


The next round of applications to become a Purple Star school will open Nov. 1, 2021. Applications will be due by December 15, 2021. Interested schools are encouraged to begin required and optional activities to support military-connected students and families in preparation for their application. If you have questions about the application process or your school's status as a Purple Star school, email PurpleStar@education.ohio.gov.

How to Qualify

Required Activities

  • The school must have a staff point of contact for military students and families who serves as the primary liaison between them and the school.
    • The liaison completes professional development on special considerations for military students and families under federal law. The Military Children in Ohio’s Schools course is available on the ODE learning management system and may be used to complete this requirement.
    • The liaison identifies and informs teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations military families and students should receive.
  • The school maintains a dedicated page on its website featuring resources for military families.

Optional Activities

  • The school provides professional development for additional staff on special considerations for military students and families.
  • The local school board passes a resolution publicizing the school’s support for military children and families.
  • The school hosts a military recognition event that demonstrates a supportive culture.

See resources for military families.

Last Modified: 9/20/2021 2:24:19 PM