National Blue Ribbon Schools
U.S. Department of Education

National Blue Ribbon Schools

What is the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program?

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.
Public schools are nominated by their state departments of education. There are two categories of nominations:

  • Dramatically improving schools have made adequate yearly progress (AYP) as defined by their state and at least 40 percent of their students come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • High performing schools are in the top 10 percent of all schools on state assessment scores in both reading (language arts or English) and mathematics, regardless of their demographics.

Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).  Additional information on the criteria for private schools and the nomination process is on CAPE's website
View current and past awardees online.

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  • Topic #: 28022-619
  • Date Created: 12/31/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 01/18/2017
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