Over the course of the series' run, Recess has been nominated for many awards, and has won one award.
- Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Animated Television Program - The entire series was nominated, but lost to Mickey Mouse Works, which ran on the Disney's One Saturday Morning block along with Recess on ABC.
- Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production - April Winchell (Voice of Miss Finster) for the episode, "A Great State Fair". She lost to Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of the title character of Dexter's Laboratory, for "Dexter's Ego Trip" (Cavanaugh has also supplied a few voices on Recess as well). Tress MacNielle, who plays various roles on Recess, was also nominated, but for the voice of The World's Oldest Women of Histeria!.
Daytime Emmy Awards
- Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Special Class - Production mixers Michael Beiriger, Ray Leonard, and Deb Adiar (they were also nominated for the same category for another Disney's One Saturday Morning television series, 101 Dalmatians: The Series). They lost to Dick Maitland and Blake Norton of Sesame Street.
- Outstanding Sound Editing - Special Class - Robert Duran (Sound effects supervisor), Fil Brown (Music editor), Robbi Smith (Dialogue editor). They lost to Rick and Elizabeth Hinson of Voltron: The Third Dimension.
- Children's Animation Category - Writers Libby Bideau, Sandy Adomaitis, and Bart Jennet for the episode, "A Science Fair to Remember". They lost to Harvey Fierstein for the Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child episode, "Sissy Duckling".
Young Artist Awards
- Best Performance in a Voiceover - TV or Film - Young Actor - Ryan O'Donohue (Voice of Randall Weems and Digger Dave). He lost to Mathew Valencia of The New Batman Adventures.
- Best Performance in a Voiceover - TV or Film - Young Acrtess - Anndi McAfee (Voice of Ashley Armbruster). She lost to Francesca Smith of Hey Arnold!, who was also at the time playing Ashley Boulet, Swinger Girl, and Upside-Down Girl on Recess. Aria Noelle Curzon, the voice of Cornchip Girl, was also a nominee in the category, but for the movie Annabelle's Wish.
- Best Performance in a Voice Over in a Feature or TV - Best Young Actor - Courtland Mead (Voice of Gus Griswald). He won.
- Best Performance in a Voice Over in a Feature or TV - Best Young Actress - Ashley Johnson (Voice of Gretchen Grundler). She lost to Aria Noelle Curzon (who also played Cornchip Girl) of The Prince of Egypt.
- Best Performance in a Voice-Over (TV or Feature Film) - Young Actor - Rickey D'Shon Collins (Voice of Vince LaSalle). He lost to Eli Marienthal of The Iron Giant.
- Best Performance in a Voice-Over (TV or Feature Film) - Young Actress - Ashley Johnson (Voice of Gretchen Grundler). Like the previous year, she lost to Aria Noelle Curzon, this time of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons short Dan Danger.
- Best Animated TV Show or Series - The entire series was nominated, but lost to Sabrina, The Animated Series, which was also running on Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC and Disney's One Too on UPN and syndication.
- Best Performance in a Voice-Over: TV/Film/Video - Young Actor - Rickey D'Shon Collins (Voice of Vince LaSalle). He lost to Thomas Dekker of An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster.
- Best Performance in Voice Over Talent - Rickey D`Shon Collins (Voice of Vince LaSalle). He lost to Myles Jeffrey, who was the voice of Easy in Babe: Pig in the City. (Coincidentally enough, Jeffrey would later move on to become the third voice of T.J. Detweiler for Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Recess: All Growed Down)
Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards
- Favorite Toon - The show was nominated, despite the fact that it had already ended production by that point. It lost to The Simpsons.