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The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

02/09/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Moving to a New School, Your Child's Ages & Stages, Special Topics

What does it mean to be a Blue Ribbon School?

Started in 1982 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes those public and private schools with students who perform at very high levels or who have shown significant improvement in levels of academic achievement.  Winners are announced each September.  Those schools who receive this award are recognized at a ceremony in Washington D.C. that fall, and details of their achievements are shared on the U.S. Department of Education’s website as a learning tool for other schools.

How it is awarded?

Each year the Secretary of Education invites the Chief State School Officers from around the country as well as from the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to nominate schools that meet the recognition criteria which can be found on the Department of Education web site.

How can I find Blue Ribbon Schools that are close to military installations?

Follow the links below to get a list of the most recently awarded public schools by state within a 25 mile radius of major U.S. military installations.  For a complete list of schools (including private schools) visit the Department of Education web site.

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