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1.2 million students spend their days in K-12 schools across Washington State. You can ensure they gain the skills and hands-on learning opportunities needed to be successful leaders. Our state depends upon the next generation… And Washington Green Schools is working with you to give them the tools they need to succeed.

Office Hours: Your Green Ribbon Application

Every month, we’ll be offering virtual Office Hours to cover timely topics for the Washington Green Schools community. Check our Events Page to learn about upcoming Office Hours!

The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for their Green Ribbon Schools Award. If you’re a certified Washington Green School, you’ve already got a lot of the information you need for a successful application. 

Washington Green Schools tend to win, too. Last year, Image Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Discovery Elementary, and Gaiser Middle School were all recognized.

We’ve pulled together most-asked questions about the application process: See below for details.


Where can I find the US Green Ribbon Schools Application?
You can find the link to the application here. Note that you have to complete and submit the application online to be considered for a Green Ribbon School Award.

How do I submit the application?
You fill out the online form here. Once you’ve entered the required contact information, you can save and return to your application at any point!

Who do I contact with any questions about the application or award?
You can contact the Washington Green Ribbon School Program Coordinator, Sultana Shah at

How do I know if my school is eligible to apply for the Green Ribbon Award?
You can learn all about the program requirements and the pillars that determine eligibility here.

What is the application deadline?
The deadline is January 8th, 2016.

Our school has certified as a Washington Green School. Can this help with my Green Ribbon Schools application?
Definitely! You’ll notice that there’s a lot of overlap between our Report Cards and the Green Ribbon Schools application. Save yourself some time and use the data/information you entered in your WAGS Report Card to complete your Green Ribbon Schools application.

If you don’t have your old Report Cards on file and would like them, email