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The 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools: By the Numbers

The 340 schools comprising the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools cohort—290 public and 50 non-public schools—represent 292 exemplary high performing schools and 48 exemplary achievement gap-closing schools. (All non-public schools are exemplary high performing schools.) 

The 2014 schools span the nation, and beyond, representing 48 of the 50 states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Japan and Germany (Department of Defense).

They range from the tiniest school, Spring Valley Elementary School, (Antigo WI), with 89 students, to the largest, Monta Vista High School (Cupertino, CA), with 2,343 students.

Grade Levels Served. The 2014 schools are, in total: 257 elementary schools, 26 middle schools, 51 high schools, and 6 K-12 schools. They include 113 public and non-public schools with preschool programs.

Geography. Nearly three-quarters of the 2014 schools are located in suburban or small town/rural areas; just over a quarter are in urban areas.














The 2014 non-public schools are predominately Catholic. Nearly half of the 2014 public schools are Title I and one-quarter are either charter, magnet, or choice schools.

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Serving Disadvantaged Student Populations. One-third of all public schools nominated for National Blue Ribbon status are required to serve student populations where 40% or more of students are considered disadvantaged, such as English Language Learners or students who qualify for subsidized meals. Of the 129 public schools who served 40% or more disadvantaged students, more than three quarters were named exemplary high performing.6-Slide6

#nbrs2014–One for the Records!

Like all National Blue Ribbon Schools cohorts, the 2014 cohort represents outstanding schools. This cohort, however, also boasts three “one-of-a-kind” achievements.

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Celebrating Gretchen Whitney High School’s 3-time award at the Annual Recognition Ceremony are, left to right, Art Department Chairperson Jodi Improta, NBRS Program Director Aba Kumi, Principal Rhonda Buss, and Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu.

Gretchen Whitney High School, Cerritos, CA is a 5-time winner of the National Blue Ribbon Schools award. Gretchen Whitney was previously named a National Blue Ribbon School in 1986, 1990, 1997, and 2008.

The Brainerd (MN) School district, ISD 181, counts all six of its elementary schools as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools:

Baxter Elementary School
Garfield Elementary School
Harrison Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
Nisswa Elementary School
Riverside Elementary School

Finally, a brother and sister are both principals of 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools:

Kim Cuthriell is principal of Frank Sparkes Elementary School, Winton, CA. Her brother Doug Johnson is principal of Del Sur Elementary School, San Diego, CA.



Do You Want A Voice in Washington?


The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for the 2015 – 2016 Teaching Ambassador Fellowships.

The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship (TAF) program invites outstanding teachers to contribute their classroom expertise to the national dialogue and to facilitate discussions with educators across the country. Participants at recent National Blue Ribbon School Recognition Ceremonies will have met one or more TAFs as part of the Roundtable information sessions at the ceremony.

TAFS spend a year learning about federal education programs, policies, and processes through one or two Fellowship positions: Washington Fellows serve full-time at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington. Classroom Fellows participate part-time, working with U.S.D.E. Regional Officers in addition to their regular school responsibilities. Both are paid positions. Learn more about the program.