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Honors & Accolades

California Distinguished School

California Department of Education awards schools based on their Gold Ribbon Schools Program, awarding different types of schools at different times, based on student success, with attention paid to impoverished and diverse students. Cupertino was found to be a California Distinguished School in 1990, 1994, 2007 and 2021.

National Blue Ribbon Award

Cupertino was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1996. To learn more about the program, visit the US Department of Education website, view the List of Selected Schools or see the Blue Ribbon Information webpage.

US News Gold Medal Award Winning School

US publishes a list of the top high schools each year. In 2018, Cupertino ranked at #58 in California, #367 in the National rankings and #27 in the National STEM rankings based upon a formula which includes graduation rates, college enrollment rates, AP/ACT/SAT participation and scores and the number of counselors at a school. Cupertino has also ranked in this and other popular media lists as an award-winning school in prior years.

Newsweek Top STEM High School

Cupertino was ranked at 106 on the Newsweek list of Top 500 STEM High Schools for 2020. Over 30,000 high schools were analyzed over a three-year period to determine the rankings.

Cupertino teacher Sean Bui named 2020 California Teacher of the Year

Cupertino High School teacher Sean Bui is one of five extraordinary educators chosen by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to be honored as a 2020 California State Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Superintendent Thurmond has also nominated Sean as California’s representative to the National Teacher of the Year competition. In his time at CHS, Sean has taught English, Law and ELD classes. Sean is also the ELD Coordinator at Cupertino, Mock Trial Club advisor and the voice of the Pioneers on the football field. Sean was chosen as our 2019 FUHSD Teacher of the Year because he strives to create a supportive and inclusive culture on the CHS campus, whether that means designing activities to help ELD students feel more at home or working with struggling students to relieve stress and have fun. His colleagues say he has a bubbly personality, demonstrates joy in the teaching profession and is a positive force for good in the world. Sean’s own sentiments about teaching demonstrate his passion and dedication. He notes that he’d rather be at school making a positive influence on a kid rather than anywhere else. He enjoys “waking up the school” each morning with the custodial staff because he is just so eager to face each day with his students. The CDE’s press release on Sean and the other California Teachers of the Year can be read here