If it takes a village to raise a child, partnerships may help great schools thrive.
Principal Abbie Oliver's (Sprunica Elementary, 2014 NBRS) "Hometown Hero" award included a hands-on experience with boa constrictor.

PS 244 in Queens, NY, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, has been at the forefront of healthy school lunches.
Piedmont High School (Piedmont, AL, 2012 NBRS) is in the news for its role in bringing one-to-one laptops and broadband to school.
Edutopia features Walter F. Bracken STEAM Academy (Las Vegas, NV, 2013 NBRS) on engaging students in real-world learning.

2016 Ceremony Update!

The 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony will be held November 7 and 8. Please note that November 8 is Election Day. Unfortunately, the hotel could not accommodate the ceremony on another date. We encourage you to plan accordingly and consider voting early or by absentee ballot. We do apologize for the inconvenience.

Learning From Terrel H. Bell Awardees

Click on a video below to hear the 2015 Bell awardees discuss school leadership. Download the transcripts for IntroductionsLeadership, Aha! Moments, Leadership Challenges, and Advice to a New Principal (pdfs).

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Awards Photos Are Now Online

2015 awardees

View National Blue Ribbon Schools, 2013-2015


Terrel H. Bell Awardee Photos Are Online

Secretary of Education Terrel H Bell