Once my school is nominated and applies, what is the process and timeline for learning if we will be recognized?
Applications are screened for completeness, quality, accuracy, and eligibility issues. Feedback is provided to schools for final edits and modifications to the application before final submission.
Once reviews are completed, public schools must be certified by state CSSOs based on the most current assessments in order to receive the National Blue Ribbon Schools award. Because state assessment results may not be available and announced until late summer, the Department usually announces the new National Blue Ribbon Schools in September of the year after a school’s initial nomination. The recognition ceremony takes place in mid-fall. The entire process, from initial nomination to receiving the award, takes about a year.