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).
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.
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.