School Certificates

school awards and certificatesThese free printable school certificate templates are a great way to motivate students to study and take school seriously. Some kids are so motivated that they don’t need any positive recognition to keep them driven. Others need a little help. For those students who need praise and motivation, teachers can use printable certificates to award them for the effort that they put into their schoolwork, boost their self-confidence, and get them to be a little more driven.  The school certificates can be used by students, teachers, parents, and volunteers.

School Awards

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The wording on the following certificate templates is totally customizable so you can change anything you want. Instead of “Great Job” you can write:

In addition to the following editable certificate templates, we also have a list of specific student awards (see below).

Printable School Certificates

school certificate

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Certificate template with crayon border

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Certificate for kids that can be customized

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good job award

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Great job award with colored owls. The title "great job" and all other text can be changed.

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good job

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job well done

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well done

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School award certificates with a chalkboard border

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keep up the good work

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good work

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The certificate templates above are only a sample of the ones available. When you open the certificate maker you will find many more options available and they are all free!Certificate templates for kids

Award certificates for kids


The Beginning of the Year

Specific Subjects


Behavior (US) / Behaviour (UK)

End of Year / Graduation

see also Teacher Awards

In the beginning, you might find that students are putting effort into schoolwork just to get the certificate but they will realize that their effort will help them succeed in school, and eventually the motivation will come from within with no award certificates and prizes. Even if a child continuously keeps studying just to receive recognition, it might be better than a child who isn’t motivated at all. The reason for studying might not be to succeed in school, but the outcome will be the same as a child who has studied because of some inner drive to succeed.

It is important to reward not only those who need a little help with their motivation but also those who are motivated and excelling. Often, teachers take those students for granted and pay more attention to those who lack motivation. Award certificate templates can help keep those students motivated as well.

All school certificates are free!

You can prepare and customize many kinds of printable certificates on this site. The award certificate templates above are more specific but if you cannot find one that is appropriate you might want to check out our generic templates which you might be able to adapt to your needs.

When your certificate is ready you can print it or just download it if you prefer to make virtual certificates for students.

Be creative and try to recognize any effort that students make even if they do not get straight A’s.

Who can use these certificates?

  • Preschools
  • Elementary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities

How to add your school logo

To make the certificate more official, you can add your school logo. To do this, click on “customize” to open the online certificate maker. Once it opens click on the green button below.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? We also have hundreds of free certificate templates available. They can all be customized with our certificate maker.

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