National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored each year at a recognition ceremony in Washington, DC. The applications from the award-winning schools are posted on the Department Web site.
The program recognizes schools that meet either of two criteria:
Exemplary High Performing Schools
Schools whose students achieve at very high levels.
Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools
Schools making significant progress in closing achievement gaps among different groups of students.


Eligibility Criteria

Private schools are eligible for Blue Ribbon recognition if they are exemplary high performing schools.


Blue Ribbon Schools rank in the top 15 percent

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