What is a National Blue Ribbon School?
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high academic levels. Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America's most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag waving overhead has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities. In its 30 year history, the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America's schools.