About the Program
Every year the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
More than 9,000 schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
The Department of Education works with Chief State School Officers to ensure that all nominated schools meet the minimum requirements established by the Department. Visit the Department of Education’s website for a full list of eligibility criteria.
For questions, concerns, or to learn more about Blue Ribbon Schools, please visit the Department of Education website.