Become a Common Sense School

What is a Common Sense School?

Common Sense Schools are committed to deep implementation of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Earning the Common Sense School badge is a symbol of your school's dedication to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

Why become a Common Sense School?

  • Develop a roadmap to school and districtwide digital citizenship implementation.
  • Support a healthy school culture where your whole community is invested in helping kids thrive as digital learners and citizens.
  • Earn a badge that publicly affirms your school's commitment to schoolwide implementation.

How does a school earn recognition as a Common Sense School?

The Common Sense Recognition Program provides a roadmap for schools to adopt a whole-community approach to digital citizenship by completing three steps. We ask that you:

  • LEARN by providing professional learning opportunities to educators.
  • DO by implementing schoolwide digital citizenship through student instruction and family outreach.
  • REFLECT on how becoming a Common Sense School has had an impact on your school community.

Criteria must be completed during the 2020-2021 school year. Applications are rolling and accepted between September 2020 and June 30, 2021.

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Criteria and resources for the three steps are outlined below. If you're looking for more support, our Digital Citizenship Implementation Guide has everything you need to jump-start (or elevate) your digital citizenship practice. The guide includes a Common Sense School checklist, implementation models, an introduction to digital citizenship slides for staff, and more! Click here to view the full guide.





Student Instruction: Schools have two options to meet student instruction criteria. Schools may teach digital citizenship lessons using any combination of Common Sense Education resources, for example: Common Sense digital citizenship lessons, Digital Passport™ modules, or Digital Compass storylines.

  • Teach all students on two grades levels: six digital citizenship lessons; OR
  • teach all students on three grade levels: three digital citizenship lessons.

Family Engagement: Schools are asked to share with students' families how they are taking a Common Sense approach to digital citizenship and help families navigate the ups and downs of raising kids in the digital age using Common Sense resources. Complete at least three of the following activities to meet this requirement:

We hope to learn more from you about your experience earning recognition as a Common Sense School. In the application, you will be asked to provide some details on how you feel the process of becoming a Common Sense School has impacted your school community.

Ready to apply?

All work must be completed before applying.

Apply here


Please read through our FAQ in the Help Center. If you have further questions, please post in the Common Sense Education Community or email [email protected] and enter Recognition in the subject line.

If you applied but haven’t heard from us, you can check your status here