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Piedmont High School (Piedmont, AL, 2012 NBRS) is in the news for its role in bringing one-to-one laptops and broadband to school. Read More

students at Annie Fisher STEM magnet Hartford Public Schools Hartford, Connecticut Connecticut’s first K-12 feeder pathway school, the STEM Magnet at Annie Fisher School in Hartford offers its K-8 students a rigorous grounding in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the opportunity to attend a STEM high school to further their studies. Through a partnership with the Connecticut Science Read More

walter graham students photo Austin Independent School District Austin, Texas In only five years, J. Walter Graham Elementary School, a Title I school on the east side of Austin, Texas, went from slipping toward academic unacceptability to “one of the best elementary schools in the state of Texas,” in the words of education researcher Ed Fuller of Penn State Read More

piedmont high school photo Piedmont City School District Piedmont, Alabama Students from tiny Piedmont, Alabama (population 5,210) and the surrounding area attend Piedmont High School, a comprehensive high school that offers a full range of AP, Honors, career and college preparatory, and vocational and technical education courses. With the decline of local industries, the Piedmont School District is a Read More

screenshot from fenway video Boston Public Schools Boston, Massachusetts Fenway High School was founded in 1983 as an alternative program for students at risk of dropping out. Its founders created a small school where students would be challenged intellectually and feel safe socially. Fenway’s motto is “Work Hard. Be Yourself. Do the Right Thing.” To those ends, the school Read More

screenshot from fenway video Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program conducts site visits at selected schools in the year’s cohort. Often these schools are characterized by high student performance and populations with high numbers of disadvantaged students. The 2014 site visits took place in Alabama, Texas, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Engaging Questions at Boston’s First Pilot School: Fenway Read More

U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) recently singled out 2012 NBRS Bedford Memorial Elementary School (Bedford, NH) for praise on the floor of the U.S. Congress. The positive recognition granted by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program helps America’s best schools and shows others what is possible, she said. Watch Shea-Porter’s tribute to Bedford Memorial and Read More

Julie CTE Post Julie Prascsak, a senior at the 2012 NBR Communications High School (Wall, NJ), won a top prize in the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) 2012 CTE Month national poster design competition to illustrate this year’s theme, Career and Technical Education Works! CTE Month honors America’s long tradition of career and technical education to Read More

nbrs logo since 1982 McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC, a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School, was featured January 8, 2013 on the PBS News Hour for its ground-breaking efforts to close the achievement gap through STEM —science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—coursework. A Title I STEM magnet school with 54% of its student population qualifying for subsidized meals, Read More

students and faculty celebrate winning the National Blue Ribbon School award The USDE Office of Innovation and Improvement recently featured the 2012 NBRS awardee St. Patrick’s Catholic School, a private pre-K – grade 8 school in Washington, IL. Download St. Patrick’s 2012 NBRS application.